Shangela Laquifa Wadley, the drag persona of D.J. Pierce, a fan favorite on the Emmy-winning “RuPaul’s Drag Race” franchise, closed out Suffolk University’s “Queerpril” with a rousing performance at Carrie Nation.
Pierce has had a busy year since competing on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3,” where she finished in the top 4, despite being a favorite to take home the tiara. In addition to a nationwide college tour and international club appearances, Pierce has a new single, “Pay Me,” and this fall will appear alongside Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the latest remake of “A Star Is Born.” (The 1976 Barbra Streisand-starring musical drama had been the most recent.)
Pierce, who was invited to perform by the Suffolk University Queer Student Union, gave high-energy lip sync and live vocal performances and also spoke about the importance of acceptance, overcoming adversity, and always following your path.