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Sharon Needles is the drag queen name of Aaron Coady, a performer, recording artist and Season 4 winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race".

After winning, Needles realized her own "horror/trash" music videos and albums featuring people like Amanda Lepore, RuPaul and Jane County. She also started touring around the world, became a spokenperson for PETA, a big icon in terms of alternative style of drag and day named "Sharon Needles Day" in Pittsburgh on June 12, 2012.

Biography

Sharon had a rough childhood growing up in Newton (Iowa, USA) where she dealt with anti-gay views on a daily basis. She eventually relocated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2004 to pursue her love for drag.

Sharon was in a long-term relationship with fellow drag queen, Alaska, during the course of Season 4. Alaska had auditioned for all four seasons of the show and had never made it. Sharon had only auditioned for her season and got selected right away. She felt guilty for this but eventually overcame it.

Though her relationship with Alaska didn't last, she is now engaged to a SFX artist, Chad O'Connell. They have been going strong for years now.

Drag Name Origin

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"Sharon Needles" is a play on "sharing needles". As a teenager, she would move from city to city and changed her name every time, including Penelope Pumpkin, Pixie Stix, Franky Free-clinic, Randy Retarded and Nixon Cuts. With her brother, would get stoned and try to come up with the most offensive drag names. It was a toss-up between Crystal Meth and Sharon Needles but, back then, there was no Google, so there wasn't a way of knowing how many other drag queens came up with the same name. Thus, she always says that Sharon Needles is like a governor; there's one in every state, but she's the President.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Sharon Needles
Season Competed: Season 4
Ranking: Winner
Mini-Challenges Won: 1 (ep. 11)
Times as Team Captain: 0
Main Challenges Won: 4 (ep. 1, 3, 9, 11)
Times in Bottom Two: 1 (ep. 8)
Episode Eliminated: N/A

During the course of the season, Sharon endeared herself to both fans and judges with her spooky aesthetic, quick wit, and humble attitude. She dazzled the judges each week with her appearances on the runway, ending up as one of the final three girls alongside fellow queens Phi Phi O'Hara and Chad Michaels. The three performed in the music video for RuPaul's song "Glamazon" and on April 30, 2012, Sharon Needles was crowned America's Next Drag Superstar at the "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 4 "Reunion" special.

Memorable Quotes

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  • "Season 4 is going to be canceled!"
  • "Tired ass showgirl!" (to Phi Phi O'Hara)
  • "I look spooky, but I'm really nice!... At least for now."
  • "Three words to describe Sharon Needles are beautiful, spooky and stupid."
  • "You should have seen what me and Ru were on, at the limelight. It's all behind us now, we're on uppers, downers, and candy corns!" (as Michelle Visage on "Snatch Game")
  • "Hello Madame LaQueer! HAHAHAHAHA! I told her not to wear green! I hate it!" (as Michelle Visage on "Snatch Game")
  • "Though I may dabble in the black-arts when I hear RuPaul's music, I see the light."
  • "Dida Ritz, a lot of you girls like to clock me for painting my skin on the gray side, but I was inspired by your knees... and they're the same color as Willam's chin."
  • "Jiggly Caliente, you're such a fat slut, after sex you smoke hams."
  • "I LOVE PUSSY!"
  • "My hand works great on a snake."
  • "I fully support gay divorce."
  • "I have 'dignity looks' and 'paycheck looks'. Dignity is when I will not bend, for anyone. I don't care if I make a dollar, I'm doin what I'm doin. Then there's times the electric's about to shut off so I dress up like Lady Gaga."
  • "When in doubt, freak 'em out."
  • "I like spotlight, not sunlight."
  • "There's nothing natural about me."
  • "She ordered those tears from China."
  • "I’m working with a DILK: A Dad I'd Like to Kill."
  • "Well, I enjoy being down on a pole."
  • "Latrice is taking me to church with her lip-sync. I mean, my skin started smoking."
  • "Being booed off stage is just an applause from ghosts."

Trivia

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  • Sharon started doing drag in 2004;
  • She is vegetarian and loves to drink PBR beer;
  • To cause controversy, Sharon has already performed using blackface, as well as a swastika t-shirt and declared support for Hillary Clinton's candidacy in 2016;
  • Sharon won the main challenges in Episode 1 ("RuPocalypse Now!"), Episode 3 ("Glamazons vs. Champions"), Episode 9 ("Frock the Vote!"), and Episode 11 ("The Fabulous Bitch Ball");
  • In episode 5, "Snatch Game", Sharon portrayed panel judge Michelle Visage. She was praised for her portrayal,  but ultimately didn't win the challenge;
  • Sharon is the first contestant to win 4 challenges in one season. She was later followed by Alaska in "All Stars 2", then Shea Couleé in Season 9. Their records were all beaten by BenDeLaCreme, who won 5 challenges in "All Stars 3";
  • Needles is the first caucasian winner and also the first one to win cash prize of $100,000. For winning her season, she also won a headlining spot on "Logo's Drag Race Tour" featuring Absolut Vodka, a one-of-a-kind trip, a lifetime supply of NYX Cosmetics and the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar";
  • She was initially chosen to be a part of "RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars" by the fans. However, due to the fact that she was chosen as the champion of season four and was extremely busy, she recorded a Facebook message to her fans that while she was flattered and wouldn't take part in the competition. Instead, Pandora Boxx take her place;
  • She served as a host on Logo TV for a month of horror films;
  • She performed as Dr. Frankenfurter in Texas for a limited run of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and played in a theater version of The Craft along with Peaches Christ, Alaska and Honey Mahogany;
  • "PG-13" debuted at number 186 on the US "Billboard 200 chart", sold 3,000 copies in its first week (larger sales than RuPaul's 2011 album "Glamazon") and climbed up the "iTunes Top 10 Pop Album Chartreaching" number 4, between Josh Groban and Justin Bieber;
  • She appears in some editions of the christmas special album "Christmas Queens" (one that features some queens from "RuPaul's Drag Race");
  • She is the drag mother of Aquaria, the winner of Season 10, which makes Sharon and Aquaria the first drag mother and daughter duo to win the competition.

Discography

Albums

  • "PG-13" (2013) (Tracklist: 1. This Club is A Haunted House ft. RuPaul 2. Call Me on The Ouija Board 3. Dead Girls Never Say No 4. Drink Till I Die 5. I Wish I Were Amanda Lepore ft. Amanda Lepore 6. Why Do You Think You Are Nuts? 7. Disco Ball 8. Dressed to Kill 9. Let's All Die 10. Kai Kai ft. Ana Matronic & Alaska 11. (Everyday is) Halloween ft. Armen Ra 12. Hail Satan! ft. Jayne County)
  • "Taxidermy" (2015) (Tracklist: 1. Dracula 2. Dead Dandelion 3. Taxidermy 4. Hollywoodn't 5. Supernature 6. Lucy 7. Wendigo 8. Glow in The Dark! 9. Scream 10. The Damned 11. Whammy)
  • "Battle Axe" (2018) (Tracklist: 1. Battle Axe 2. Andy Warhol is Dead 3. 666 4. Black Liquorice 5. Jack-O-Lantern 6. Brain Dead 7. Dirty Diaper 8. Rock n Roll Pt. 3 9. Electric Chair 10. Cocaine & Fuck 11. Piano Wire)

Appearances

  • "RuPaulogize" (2012) by Willam ft. Sharon Needles
  • "Supermodel Inc. (Remix)" (2014) by Will Bond ft. Sharon Needles
  • "I Don't Give A Fuck" (2018) by Jiggly Caliente ft. Sharon Needles

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