Who Are the Drag Queens in A Star Is Born?

Many are hailing the latest iteration of A Star Is Born as the best one yet. Lady Gaga gives a raw performance alongside Bradley Cooper. The soundtrack for the film is absolute fire. There’s really not much to complain about. And if you ask me, one of the best aspects of the film is Jackson Maine’s accidental romp to a drag bar in the first 15 minutes of the film. That’s the impact of Lady Gaga, one of the most ardent LGBTQ+ supporters of the 21st century! But here’s a fun fact: the two drag queens who have substantial parts in the film have their own claims to fame.

As an avid RuPaul’s Drag Race fan, I immediately recognized the gorgeous painted faces of Willam and Shangela. Both drag queens are very noted RPDR alumni who have gone on to have great careers since. Shangela was first on season two, then season three of the show. She went on to appear on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars, during which she almost took home the crown! Willam, on the other hand, appeared on the fourth season of RPDR but has had an incredible offscreen career since.

The best part is that both Willam and Shangela play themselves in the film. Willam is kind of a flirty mess (and I mean that in the most complimentary way), asking Jackson to sign her fake boobs. Shangela, on the other hand, is the hilarious, no-frills, no-bullsh*t queen we’ve always known her to be. For those of you who know the queens from RPDR, we can all just bask in the glory of their performances. And if you’re here because you didn’t know them before A Star Is Born, I highly recommend you go back and watch them shine on RPDR.

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