Shannel who was born as Bryan Watkins is an American drag queen and television personality. She is best known for competing on the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and later the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. She placed in the top four on both seasons.
Bryan was born on July 3, 1979, in Orange County, California.
Shannel was born Bryan Watkins in Orange County, California. Information about her parents and siblings is not yet known. She began doing drag at fifteen years old when he entered a Halloween drag contest and won. A year later, he began working with Glamour Shots as a make up artist and a hairstylist, providing his expertise on photo shoots. Soon after, he was discovered by a representative of the Chanel Corporation and was hired on as a beauty adviser for Chanel cosmetic.
Is Shannel Married?
Shannel has kept her personal life away from public and social media. She has never talked about her love life in public. Currently Shannel is single since she has never been seen with any man sharing or she has never mentioned any man in her life. She is still not dating anyone.
Shannel RuPaul’s Drag Race
Bryan was announced as one of nine contestants for the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009). She was in the bottom two with fellow competitor Akashia in the third episode. She won a lip sync against her to “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston. Bryan famously did the first “wig reveal” on the show during the lip sync. Later she was eliminated in the sixth episode after losing a lip sync to “Shackles (Praise You)” by Mary Mary against Rebecca Glasscock.
In 2012 Bryan was announced as being among twelve returning contestants for the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. Due to the team twist for the season, she teamed with eventual winner Chad Michaels as the team Shad. The pair won the third, fourth and fifth episode challenges, until Shannel was eliminated in joint third/fourth place with Jujubee.
In 2010 to 2012 was also a drag professor for three seasons of the spin-off show RuPaul’s Drag U. Shannel appeared as a guest star on the first episode of Drag Race’s eighth season. She appeared with her fellow season one cast on the Drag Race season ten finale, lip syncing next to Mayhem Miller.
In March 2013, she became a part of CeeLo Green’s “Loberace” at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas strip. As springtime finished, it was announced that she would be a returning co host with Frank Marino and his Las Vegas show “Divas”. In addition, he continues to travel and work with the Dreamgirls Revue Shows and special guest appearances in clubs all around the U.S.
In 2014, he created a dinner and drag spectacular at VLVT Lounge in Santa Ana, California. Lipstick & Lashes is a thoroughly designed dinner show, complete with an amazing cast, male dancers, props, character illusions, top 40 and some of your favorite Broadway hits. With the success of the show, it has spawned off two more full production shows: Halloween Madhouse and Cinematic.
As Fall 2016 neared, Las Vegas called back to Bryan as Chippendale’s new cabaret show, “53X” hit the boulevard at the Paris Hotel. Finishing its limited run and winning Las Vegas’ “Best Of Las Vegas” award, she joined the cast of Frank Marino’s “Divas” nightly impersonating Barbra Streisand and Adele.
2018 was an amazing year for Shannel. She teamed with Voss Events as the host of “Drag Brunch” at Senor Frogs at the Treasure Island Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. “Drag Brunch”Sells out almost every weekend, providing a unique experience with audience interaction and close encounters with favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race alum. Because of the success of the show and now being the only drag show on the Las Vegas Strip, “Drag Brunch” runs 3 days a week, with 5 different shows to choose from. Additionally the cast has recently opened up “Drag Supper Club’, a full choreographed production that runs every Saturday evening.
Shannel Net Worth
She has never disclosed her estimated net worth.