DJ “Shangela” Pierce is an actor, drag performer and co-host of the HBO Max series We’re Here. Pierce rose to prominence as the first contestant to compete on three seasons of the Emmy award winning reality competition juggernaut RuPaul's Drag Race. He is also the first drag performer to compete on Dancing With The Stars. Pierce—who performs as “Shangela” and identifies as male—made history as the first male dance couple to compete in the United States on the Disney+ franchise. In 2019, he was recognized as part of the prestigious TIME 100 Next List and New York magazine named him as one of “America’s Most Powerful Drag Queens.” Pierce is passionate about uplifting marginalized communities. His opening remarks at VP Kamala Harris's Pride event was the real gag! —T.T.
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