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Shannel lip syncing live in 2018
Bryan Watkins

(1979-07-03) July 3, 1979 (age 40)
Occupation Drag queen
Years active 1994–present
Known for

Bryan Watkins, known by her stage name Shannel,[1] 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.

Early life

Watkins was born on July 3, 1979,[citation needed] in Orange County, California.[2] 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.[3]

RuPaul's Drag Race

Shannel was announced as one of nine contestants for the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race (2009).[4] 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.[5] She was later eliminated in the sixth episode after losing a lip sync to "Shackles (Praise You)" by Mary Mary against Rebecca Glasscock.[6]

Shannel was announced as being among twelve returning contestants for the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars in 2012.[7] Due to the team twist for the season, Shannel teamed with eventual winner Chad Michaels as the team Shad.[8] They won the third, fourth and fifth episode challenges, until Shannel was eliminated in joint third/fourth place with Jujubee.[9]

Shannel also was a drag professor for three seasons of the spin-off show RuPaul's Drag U in 2010 to 2012.[10]

She appeared as a guest star on the first episode of Drag Race's eighth season.[11] She appeared with her fellow season one cast on the Drag Race season ten finale, lip syncing next to Mayhem Miller.[12][13]


Outside of Drag Race, Shannel appeared in an episode of The Arrangement in 2010.[14] She appeared in the music video for Lady Gaga's "Applause" with Raven, Morgan McMichaels, Shangela Laquifa Wadley and Detox.[15] She was also in the video for Xelle's "Queen" in 2012.[16] She was part of Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas show in 2017.[17][18]

In September 2019, at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC, Shannel was named as one of a rotating cast of a dozen Drag Race queens in RuPaul's Drag Race Live!, a Las Vegas show residency from January to August 2020 at the Flamingo Las Vegas.[19] The show will feature RuPaul’s music and seven of the twelve queens: Shannel, Aquaria (winner of season ten), Asia O'Hara (season ten), Coco Montrese (season five, All Stars season two), Derrick Barry (season eight), Eureka O'Hara (season nine and ten), India Ferrah (season three), Kahanna Montrese (season eleven), Kameron Michaels (season ten), Kim Chi (season eight), Naomi Smalls (season eight), and Yvie Oddly (winner of season eleven).[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself Contestant (4th place)
2010 The Arrangement
2010-12 RuPaul's Drag U Herself
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself Contestant (3rd/4th place)
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Untucked Herself

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2012 Queen Xelle
2013 Applause Lady Gaga

Web series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 WOW Shopping Network Herself Guest [20]
Ring My Bell Guest [21]
2016 The Pit Stop Guest [22]
Drag Makeup Tutorial Guest [23]


  1. ^ "Q&A: Bryan Watkins". Las Vegas Magazine. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  2. ^ Nunn, Jerry. "The drag all-star on surviving RuPaul's Drag Race". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  3. ^ "Shannel". Piranha Nightclub. 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  4. ^ Stanley, Alessandra. "Logo's New Reality Competition Explores What It Takes To Be a Drag Star". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  5. ^ "INTO: A Digital Magazine for The Modern Queer World". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  6. ^ "The Drag Race Rutrospective: Ow! My Balls!". Xtra. 2013-11-06. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  7. ^ "'RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race': Meet the Queens". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  8. ^ "Chad Michaels & Shannel Share Tearful Moment on 'Drag Race'". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  9. ^ "'RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race' season finale recap". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  10. ^ Gascot, John (2011-07-12). "Drag U: Professor Shannel". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  11. ^ "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 8 Premiere: Keepin' It 100". Observer. 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  12. ^ VH1 (2018-06-28), Lip Sync Eleganza Extravaganza Performance 💃 ‘Finale Sneak Peek’ | RuPaul's Drag Race Season 10, retrieved 2018-08-17
  13. ^ "Watch 'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 1 queens reunite to slay in season 10 finale preview". Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  14. ^ "Shannel Guest Stars on "The Arrangement" - The Arrangement (Video Clip) | LOGOtv". Logo TV. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  15. ^ "Detox, Raven, Shannel & Morgan McMichaels To Star In Lady Gaga "Applause" Music Video". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  16. ^ "20 Music Videos With Drag Queen Cameos". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  17. ^ "'Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas': Bigger and better". Las Vegas Magazine. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  18. ^ "The stars align with 'Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas'". Las Vegas Magazine. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  19. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (September 7, 2019). "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Sets Live Show In Las Vegas". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  20. ^ Shannel on WOW Shopping Network. YouTube. April 25, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  21. ^ Shannel - Ring My Bell. YouTube. September 5, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  22. ^ RuPaul's Drag Race (Season 8 Ep. 8 Recap) | The Pit Stop with Kingsley & Shannel | Logo. YouTube. April 25, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  23. ^ Drag Makeup Tutorial: Shannel's 'Medusa Look' | RuPaul's Drag Race | Logo. YouTube. April 30, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
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