Shannel lip syncing live in 2018
July 3, 1979 (age 39)
Bryan Watkins, known by her stage name Shannel, is an American drag queen and television personality, best known for competing on the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race and later the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. She placed in the top four on both seasons.
Watkins was born on July 3, 1979, in Orange County, California. He started doing drag at fifteen years old when he entered a Halloween drag contest and won. He worked as a beauty advisor for the cosmetics company Chanel. He moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2000.
RuPaul's Drag Race
Shannel was announced as one of nine contestants for the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race (2009). In the third episode, she was in the bottom two with fellow competitor Akashia, and won a lip sync against her to "The Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston. She famously did the first "wig reveal" on the show during the lip sync. She was later eliminated in the sixth episode after losing a lip sync to "Shackles (Praise You)" by Mary Mary against Rebecca Glasscock.
Shannel was announced as being among twelve returning contestants for the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars in 2012. Due to the team twist for the season, Shannel teamed with eventual winner Chad Michaels as the team Shad. They won the third, fourth and fifth episode challenges, until Shannel was eliminated in joint third/fourth place with Jujubee.
She appeared as a guest star on the first episode of Drag Race's eighth season. She appeared with her fellow season one cast on the Drag Race season ten finale, lip syncing next to Mayhem Miller.
Outside of Drag Race, Shannel appeared in an episode of The Arrangement in 2010. She appeared in the music video for Lady Gaga's "Applause" with Raven, Morgan McMichaels, Shangela Laquifa Wadley and Detox. She was also in the video for Xelle's "Queen" in 2012. She was part of Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas show in 2017.
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