Shangela is a popular drag queen and television personality who not only competed in the Emmy award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race but has also found much fame as an actor. He has starred in projects such as Super Drags, A Star Is Born, Katy Keene, Hurricane Bianca, Kiss Me, Kill Me, and many more. He even tried his hand at the music business.
Thanks to his appearances in numerous movies and scripted and reality series over the years, many have been interested in knowing about the star himself. If you are among them, here is everything about Shangela’s early life, career trajectory, and love life.
What Was Shangela’s Family Life Like?
The drag queen born, Darius Jeremy Pierce is the only child of his mother. He was raised in a large Southern Baptist family, which included his grandfather who worked as a ranch hand at cattle farms. Shangela’s mother served in the United States Army which resulted in her moving frequently for work. Nonetheless, he must have had a wonderful childhood.
As for his education, there is no concrete information regarding where he completed his studies. But we do know that he was a male cheerleader in high school and also began dressing in drag there. He reportedly dressed in drag for creative projects to receive A’s in English classes. Well, it seems like his love for art remained as he has now found fame in the field.
Moreover, after completing high school, Darius aka Shangela attended the Southern Methodist University in Texas. He graduated with honors and now serves as an Advisory Board Member there.
When Did Shangela’s Professional Drag Journey Start?
After experimenting with drag to get credits in high school Darius introduced his official drag persona, Shangela Laquifa Wadley aka Shangela in January 2009. However, this opportunity came to him accidentally. He had choreographed a three-person drag act for a charity event but after one performer canceled Pierce himself took over as Shangela.
D.J. Pierce managed to impress many with his performance and a club’s promoter offered to book her the following week. He even won the California Entertainer of the Year pageant in 2010. Five months after first performing in drag in LA, Shangela was chosen to join the cast of the popular reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race’s second season. However, the Texas native was eliminated in the first episode.
Shangela re-auditioned for the show and returned for the third season and even made it to the top five. Following this, she made a cameo appearance in the premiere of the 4th season and an episode of All Stars season two. Shangela once again came back to the Drag Race world competing in RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars’ third season. As a result, the drag queen became the first to compete in three separate seasons of the reality show.
Following this, Shangela was a contestant in RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular, a television special. She is ranked among the top drag queens in the US. Darius has continued to perform as Shangela and has even taken up a comedic persona named Laquifa. Shangela has performed as Laquifa in numerous showcases including One Night Stand Up!
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What Other Projects Has Shangela Worked On?
Well, apart from his work as Shangela, Darius himself has taken on numerous characters in movies and television series. He has worked on many projects over the years, a few of which are listed below:
- The Soup
- Farah Goes Bang
- The Bold and the Beautiful
- Kiss Me, Kill Me
- Super Drags
- Broad City
- Katy Keene
- Lovecraft Country
Furthermore, Shangela co-hosted the HBO show, We’re Here alongside fellow Drag Race stars, Eureka O’Hara and Bob the Drag Queen. On the show, the trio travels around the US recruiting people to participate in drag shows for a night. The series has been renewed for a third season and has not only gained a big audience but also critical acclaim.
Additionally, the drag queen has put out numerous singles throughout the years and also launched his own talent and management agency, Say What Entertainment. Through these projects the talented individual must make a handsome some. Therefore we can assume that Shangela’s net worth is substantial.
Who Is Shangela’s Partner?
Talking about relationships and partners, Darius Pierce identifies as gay. However, the drag queen of Saudi Arabian and African-American descent has kept much of his life away from the spotlight. Shangela has mostly remained quiet regarding his love life and might continue to do so. Nonetheless, we hope to know more about him in the coming days.