Shangela Laquifa Wadley made history once the cast was announced for season 31 of Dancing With the Stars.
Fast forward to the end of the competition, and Miss Shangie made it all the way to show's finals.
"I'm really blessed that so many great opportunities continue to present themselves in front of me. Opportunities will never turn into realities if you don't go out there and work to make them happen," Shangela tells Out.
Although Shangela performed a ton of incredible dance numbers, the super queen relied on her support system (including Lady Gaga) to help her get all the way to end.
"I'm so thankful that so many people voted and pushed me along. The people lifted me up. When you see me at the end being lifted up, I'm not just lifted by those dancers. I'm being lifted by everyone that cast a vote. I'm so so grateful."
As the first-ever drag performer to compete on the American version of Dancing With the Stars, Shangela is hoping her first steps can open doors for many more down the road.
"I feel a sense of responsibility when an opportunity is presented to me to be vocal about positive and authentic representation. DWTS allowed me to be me. I'm hoping that my existence, my visibility on Dancing With the Stars, will help to show people that we aren't that different."
Immediately following her successful time on DWTS, the RuPaul's Drag Race legend is now gearing up for another season of her hit HBO show We're Here.
For this third season, Shangela is teaming up again with Bob the Drag Queen and Eureka O'Hara to visit more small towns and bring drag to communities that need it the most.
"To be apart of a show like We're Here and give an opportunity to tell the stories of these people around our country, it feels right. It feels right and it feels purposeful. I say that this season is going to be the best season of We're Here so far."
The latest episodes of We're Here proved to be the most difficult to film yet, as the LGBTQ+ community continues to face backlash and attacks in the United States.
"This season might also be the most dramatic, impactful, for some people... scary. It is a real-life docu-series and a real reflection of where we are in our country right now. I think this show will inspire people to know that there is hope."
We're Here is streaming now on HBO Max. To see the full interview with Shangela, check out the video below.
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