Shangela Laquifa Wadley, a popular drag queen and current contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars,” will bring drag to UNC when she visits on Wednesday, Feb. 28 to perform in the Student Union.
“We’re looking at having our biggest drag show we’ve ever had at UNC,” said junior Julian Esain, a member of the CUAB diversity committee. “It’s a very different type of event, which was kind of the mindset we were having when we booked it last year when I was diversity chair. There’s going to be a lip sync, and there’s also going to be a fashion show hosted by Shangela.”
First-year Danny Bowen said that Wadley, who gained popularity after first appearing on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2010, has recently gained even more traction in the drag world with her current season of the show. This popularity has allowed her, as well as other popular queens, to express positive messages outside of drag.
“A good part is that having drag on a national stage gives queer people the chance to represent themselves in the media, because a lot of times other people choose how queer people are represented, and it’s not always good,” Bowen said. “With ‘Drag Race,’ yeah it is a competition, and it is primarily about drag, but people do talk about their own personal experiences on there, and it truly helps.”
Sophomore Shiva Bakhtiyari agreed that this event could potentially have a bigger impact than simply as a unique form of entertainment.