His introduction to drag was almost accidental. When he was choreographing a dance for friends for a show, one of them fell sick at the last minute and he was asked to fill in.
Performing as Shangela, she was the only queen to appear and compete in 3 separate seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race. This changed in 2018 when fellow drag performers and former RuPaul's Drag Race contestants, Karl Westerberg and Timothy Wilcots came back to compete.
Shangela is the drag daughter of Alyssa Edwards, a drag queen from Season 5 and All Stars 2 of RuPaul's Drag Race.