D.J. “Shangela” Pierce
Actor, Drag Performer, & Co-Host of HBO’s “We’re Here”
Actor and Performer, D.J. “Shangela” Pierce, can currently be seen starring as a co-host and producer of the Emmy-nominated HBO series “We’re Here.” Famous for his phrase “Halleloo,” Pierce has created a number of live drag shows combining his performance and comedy talents.
As Shangela, she has performed on six of the seven continents and is recognized as the first contestant to compete on three separate seasons of the Emmy award-winning reality series “Rupaul's Drag Race.” Shangela has also guest starred on network television series including "Glee,” “The Mentalist,” “X-Files,” “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and “Katy Keene” and has appeared in several feature films, including A Star Is Born with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
In 2019, Shangela was recognized as part of the prestigious TIME 100 Next List and named one of “The Most Powerful Drag Queens in America” by New York Magazine.
D.J. remains involved with various charities including his own Feed The Queens initiative which provided over $100,000 in food grants to out of work drag entertainers in 2020. In addition, he was the keynote speaker and performer at the SMU LGBTQ Symposium, which provides a platform to spotlight the voices, experiences, research, and creativity of the LGBT community on the SMU campus and beyond.
A native of Paris, Texas, Pierce graduated with honors from Southern Methodist University where he currently serves as an advisory Board Member. He resides in Los Angeles and is a very proud gay Uncle.