‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 31: Who is Shangela? Drag queen appeared alongside Lady Gaga in ‘A Star Is Born’

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 31: Who is Shangela? Drag queen appeared alongside Lady Gaga in ‘A Star Is Born’
Shangela (L) appeared in 'A Star Is Born' alongside Grammy winner Lady Gaga (@itsshangela and @ladygaga/Instagram)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: After winning the hearts of viewers and fans with her nuanced performances as an actor, Shangela is set to surprise audiences and judges with her smooth dancing skills in much awaited ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 31 on Disney +.

The series premieres on September 19, 2022, at 5 pm ET. Before the star-studded season premieres, a thorough detailed glance at who is Shangela and what her entire journey from being a reality star to becoming a dance contestant in the current season has been like.

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Who is Shangela?

Shangela, also known as Shangela Laquifa Wadley, is a renowned drag queen, reality star and actor. She gained global recognition for competing in iconic reality series ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’. After making her way into the hearts of audiences and fans as drag queen, she has also acted in hit shows like ‘Community’, ‘2 Broke Girls’, ‘Glee’, ‘Bones’, ‘The X-Files’, and ‘Broad City’.



The drag queen has also appeared in Hollywood films like ‘Hurricane Bianca’ followed by its sequel, 'Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate’. Many people might not know this, but Shangela also appeared alongside the Grammy-winner Lady Gaga in the Oscar-nominated film ‘A Star Is Born’ in 2018. In 2019, she became the first-ever drag queen to walk down the red carpet at the 91st Oscar Awards ceremony.


Ever since 2020, Shangela has also co-hosted the HBO reality series ‘We’re Here’ alongside fellow drag race contestants Bob The Drag Queen and Eureka O’Hara.


Shangela as a contestant in ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 31

Shangela is coming back to the screens to leave fans and judges awestruck with her dancing skills in ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 31 on Disney +. On September 9, Shangela took to her Instagram handle and posted a video alongside a heartfelt caption: “Ready to strut into this Ballroom and rep for anyone who ever had a Dream, baby! Competing on @dancingwiththestars is honestly a dream come true”.


Shangela gave her fans an insight into her hard work for making this impossible dream turn into a reality. She added how she prayed hard for this to happen and imagined herself to be a part of this show alongside training hard in the gym for over a year. She stated, “I knocked on doors for meetings, I journaled, I prayed and I literally envisioned myself a part of this gig … I’ve been preparing my body for over a year in hopes that it would happen (y’all have seen me at the gym lol.) AND NOW I CAN SAY I’M HERE!”.
Shangela added, “I hope to rep my community of Queens proudly. I want to show America that this proud lil gay black boy from a small town in Texas never stopped Werqin for what he wanted, and now is about to compete in a new arena in his fiercest performance form … in drag as Shangela. We’re doing this together y’all and trust me, I surely do appreciate ur love on this”.

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