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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ All Star performs at Carrie Nation

Shangela Laquifa Wadley (with Philip Popken) during her performance at Carrie Nation.Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

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.

D.J. Pierce performing as Shangela Laquifa Wadley.Barry Chin/Globe Staff