When I grow up, I wanna be the one and only Shangela Laquifa Wadley!
Last night, the A Star Is Born actress, We're Here star, and RuPaul's Drag Race legend made her historic debut on the current 31st season of Dancing With the Stars, and as expected, she absolutely slayed it!
Alongside her dance partner, dreamboat and DWTS veteran Gleb Savchenko, the duo danced the salsa to a rendition of the Pussycat Doll's iconic 2008 bop "When I Grow Up." The two earned an overall score of 28 from the judges, tieing for the third-place spot of the night — not bad considering it's literally only the first night of competition!
To celebrate the momentous occasion, Shangie took to Instagram to post about how she felt following her performance.
"'Dancing the Salsa, with her partner Gleb Savchenko, it’s SHANGELA...' it was surreal to hear this over the speaker," she wrote. "My heart was racing like crazy but when the announcer guy started the intro, in my mind I went into full-on Beyoncé at the Super Bowl mode. I wanted to deliver y’all a moment that was worthy of all ur love and support, and also show people that might not be familiar or loving of drag queens, that we belong, and we know how to turn the party!"
"Keep cheering, watching, and voting because we are in this together hopefully all the way to the finals! We won’t make it without you. I’ll be doing my part… rehearsing, learning from amazing partner @glebsavchenkoofficial, taking care of my body, and keeping my mind so grateful for this opportunity to DANCE FREE… as ME! Y’all keep coming back every Monday. And tell a friend to vote. A neighbor. The person that asks u if u wanna pay an extra ten cents for a grocery bag. Whoever! Luv y’all."
Rewatch Shangela and Gleb slay the salsa in the video below.