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Shannel is not to be confused with Shannel D'Marko

Shannel is an American drag performer, character illusionist, makeup artist, Las Vegas showgirl and one of the contestants of the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Shannel would later return to compete on the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars alongside Chad Michaels[1] , forming Team Shad.

Shannel would later return to compete on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.

Drag Name Origin[]

Her drag name comes from her first Siamese cat named Shannel. She thought that it was suiting, sexy, and sensual.[2]

Track Record(s)[]

Statistics USA Season 1 USA All Stars
Season 1
USA All Stars
Season 9
Ranking: 4th Place 3rd/4th Place TBA
Maxi Challenges Won: 0 3 (Eps. 3, 4, 5) 2 (Eps. 9, 10)
Mini Challenges Won: 0 0 TBA
Times as Team Captain: 0 0 TBA
Times in Bottom: 2 (Eps. 3, 6) 1 (Ep. 1) N/A
Episode Eliminated: Episode 6 Episode 6 TBA

Memorable Quotes[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1[]

  • "Wooh, my God! Look at this! Wow, crazy, crazy, crazy!" (Entrance Quote)
  • "My persona has always tried to be a little more on the realistic side, but wearing costuming that is super couture."
  • "People call me the Barbra Streisand of drag because I've heard she's a real bitch and she's anal retentive about everything."
  • "I've probably got about $25,000 in costuming and rhinestones with me. I've got headpieces and headdresses and sixteen pairs of shoes. Twenty-two outfits. Things with Versace buckles on them. And our challenge is create a fabulous outfit from some of the ugliest, tackiest, most horrible thrift store clothing that your grandmother wouldn't even wear." (after being told about the Drag on a Dime challenge)
  • "Holler!"
  • "I got a whole roll of duct tape with your name on it, kitten!" (to Ongina because she had to tuck)
  • "I am amazed at myself; In my mind... I've already won."
  • "I love you too baby. You're going down!" (to Rebecca after voting her to go home)
  • "Oprah, for me, is God." (to BeBe when preparing for the Oprah challenge)
  • "Well hi there! I am the delicious Miss Mandarin! *gasp* mm.. *lip smacking*"
  • "I'm here because I am a professional entertainer. I want to be able to give and create showmanship; for the world to be able to see that the art of drag is not about putting on a dress and prancing around. There is so much more in what we are and who we are, as men, and as well when we are women."
  • "I'm so glad you asked me this question! I nominate myself because I don't want to be here anymore." (nominating herself for elimination)[3]
  • "Since day one, I have been judged really hard, and I'm very frustrated that you can't see the personality, Because I am so fucking real, you have no idea. And I don't feel that I am being understood here. I am beautiful. I'm a beautiful person internally and on the outside, and its so, so frustrating to me that that image does not seem to be conveyed. Week after week when we come into elimination round, I am so negatively critiqued." (nominating herself for elimination)[3]
  • "That sounds so nice to hear." (after the judges' answer to her nomination)[3]

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 1[]

  • "Hello, Hello, what's up? Do you like it?" (Entrance Quote)
  • "To be part of the chosen few, I feel very privileged. When I competed last time, everybody thought I was this arrogant bitch." (intro)
  • "When it comes to two anal-retentive perfectionist bitches, that is myself and Chad Michaels" (After picking each other when forming teams)

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 8[]

  • "Toodles!"

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 9[]

  • "Now look into my eyes and tell me.. that I'm not beautiful." (entrance quote)


  • Shannel is the first contestant in the Drag Race franchise to...
    • ...enter the Werk Room.
    • ...lose her wig during a lipsync.[4]
    • 4th.
    • a Maxi Challenge on All Stars without having won one in her original season.
    • two and three Maxi Challenges on All Stars, alongside Chad Michaels.
      • Additionally, they are the first to win three consecutive Maxi Challenges in the entire franchise.
    • as a finalist on All Stars without having been one in her original season.
  • When Shannel is not performing, she likes to sit down at home and watch the "Golden Girls" and "Roseanne".[2]
  • Shannel started doing drag at fifteen years old when she entered a Halloween drag contest and won. A year later, she began working as a makeup artist, hairstylist, and photoshoot coordinator for glamour photography.[5]
  • Shannel owns one of the largest collections of Lucille Ball memorabilia in the world.[6]
  • One of Shannel's memorable performances was getting the opportunity to audition as the host for Cirque du Soleil's show "Zumanity". Out of 88 people, she was chosen to be in the top 5 to do the main audition on stage. She had the opportunity to walk on stage in an auditorium that seated almost 3,000 people and perform in Mugler's finest fashions using a million-dollar microphone.[2]
  • In her shows, Shannel can do tricks such as juggling, tightrope and stilts.[citation needed]
  • Shannel revealed in Episode 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1 that Oprah Winfrey inspired her to lose 60 pounds.
  • Shannel is not only a drag queen but she is also a character illusionist. She can successfully create the illusions of many celebrities such as Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, Cher, Dolly Parton, Madonna, Lucille Ball, Catwoman, the Evil Queen of Snow White, and even Boy George.[citation needed]
  • Shannel was a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race: Live in Las Vegas. Other contestants in the rotating cast include Coco Montrese, Derrick Barry, India Ferrah and many more.[7]
  • Shannel is a interior design enthusiast.[citation needed]
  • Shannel worked as a creative consultant on RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Season 1 alongside Mayhem Miller and Laila McQueen to help the celebrities with their makeup, and also appeared in a bonus Just the Tip! scene for the first episode which was released to YouTube by World of Wonder.[citation needed]
    • While on the show she helped paint Nico Tortorella, Vanessa Williams, Matt Iseman and Madison Beer (in episode order). After the airing of the fourth episode Shannel caused drama on Twitter by branding Madison a "nightmare" to work with in tweets that have since been deleted.[8]
  • Shannel appeared as a special guest in Episode 8 of All Stars 8, as a helper around the Werk Room.
  • Shannel holds the record for the longest consecutive streak of top placements on an All Stars season, having placed in the top for five consecutive episodes, from episodes 2 to 6 on All Stars 9.
  • Shannel holds the record for the latest challenge win on a non-elimination season, winning her first challenge in Episode 9.
    • She has the second latest first challenge win for an All Stars season overall, after Eureka! who won her first challenge in Episode 11 of All Stars 6.


RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1 Looks[]

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 1[]

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 1 Looks[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10[]

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10 Looks[]

RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race 1[]

RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race 1 Looks[]

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 8[]

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 8 Looks[]

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 9[]

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 9 Looks[]




Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2006 Trantasia Self Documentary
2009 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 1 Self Contestant (Placed 4th) [9]
2010 Halloween on 6th Street Self Documentary
2010 The Arrangement Self Guest (Season 1 Episode 6) [10]
2010 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 2 Self Episode: "The Main Event Clip Show" (Special guest)
2010-2012 RuPaul's Drag U Professor Shannel Season 1-3, 9 appearances [11]
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 4 Self Episode: "RuPocalypse Now!" (Zombie), "RuPaul Rewind" [12]
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Season 1 Self Contestant (Placed 3rd/4th) [1]
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Untucked (Season 1) Self
2013 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 5 Self Episode: "Reunited!" (Audience)
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 6 Self Episode: "The Finale" (Audience)
2016 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 8 Self Episodes: "Keeping It 100" (Special guest), "Grand Finale" [1]
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 10 Self Episode: "10s Across the Board" (Archive footage), "Grand Finale" [13]

Music Videos[]

Year Title Artist Ref.
2012 "Queen" Xelle [14]
2013 "Applause" Lady Gaga [15]

External Links[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 RuPaul's Drag Race season 1 cast: Where are they now? | Entertainment Weekly — March 3, 2023
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Meet the Queens: Shannel | YouTube, RuPaul's Drag Race — September 27, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Shannel's Shocking Season 1 Confession | YouTube, RuPaul's Drag Race — November 26, 2015
  4. A Brief History of Wig Reveals on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ |, archived on waybackmachine — May 8, 2018
  7. ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Sets Live Show In Las Vegas | Deadline — September 7, 2019
  8. Madison Beer Tem Ataque De Estrelismo Em Celeb Drag Race | Draglicious — May 18, 2020
  9. RuPaul’s Drag Race Contestant #7: Shannel | World of Wonder — January 30, 2009
  10. The Arrangement Episode 6 | Apple TV — November 10, 2010
  11. RuPaul's Drag U | LogoTV
  12. Drag Race Zombies? Happy Halloween from RuPaul! | LogoTV — October 31, 2011
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named S10
  14. 20 Music Videos With Drag Queen Cameos | Billboard — November 3, 2017
  15. Lady Gaga's 'Applause' Lyric Video: Drag Queen Tells All! | MTV — August 15, 2013