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Hailing from Paris, Texas, Shangela Laquifa Wadley, professionally known as Darius Jeremy Pierce or DJ Pierce, has established herself as a multifaceted talent in the world of entertainment. Shangela first gained prominence as a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, showcasing her skills as a drag queen, comedian, and actor. Her infectious personality and tenacity made her a standout on the show. Shangela’s journey extended beyond the initial competition; she made a triumphant return for two subsequent seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race: once on Season 3 and later on All Stars Season 3, where she secured a top-four placement.

Beyond the drag scene, Shangela has delved into acting, appearing in various film and television projects. Her dynamic and charismatic presence earned her a spot on the Netflix Original docuseries Dancing Queen, produced by RuPaul and World of Wonder, which provides an inside look into the dance studio, Beyond Belief Dance Company, where Shangela has likely made appearances. Furthermore, Shangela has made notable contributions to the HBO series We’re Here, where she joins forces with fellow drag queens Bob the Drag Queen and Eureka O’Hara to empower local communities through the art of drag.


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