Shangela makes history as first-ever drag queen on the Oscars red carpet
A Star is Born actress and drag superstar Shangela may have just made history as the first drag queen to walk the Oscars red carpet.
Shangela Laquifa Wadley, the seasoned RuPaul’s Drag Race competitor, wore a light purple and gold gown by New York City-based designer Diego Montoya.
— Mia Galuppo (@miagaluppo) February 24, 2019
A Star is Born – which also features bisexual actress Lady Gaga, as well as Drag Race queens Willam and Shangela – is up for eight awards.
Shangela was accompanied by Jenifer Lewis in a copper suit. Shangela earlier Tweeted ’this is going to be a historic day for me.’
After saying she was one of the first ever queens to walk the red carpet in drag, she said ‘I hope that means something to somebody out there’.
‘Because it sure does mean something to me’ she also said.
— The Harbinger (@HarbingerMLEC) February 24, 2019
We all walk together today. #RedCarpetForAll
— Shangela (@itsSHANGELA) February 24, 2019
Earlier in the evening, Billy Porter stunned those gathered 91st Academy Awards in a black velvet tuxedo gown.
Queerest Oscars yet?
Movie fans are gearing up for the most LGBTI-inclusive Oscars in history this Sunday (24 February).
For the first time, more than half of the Best Picture nominations include LGBTI characters or actors.
LGBTI characters, actors, directors, and screenwriters have been nominated for awards across the board.
This year’s nominees ‘reflect a banner year for LGBTQ inclusion in film’ US LGBTQ organization GLAAD said.
‘The diversity across the full list of nominations should be celebrated and will no doubt lead to more inclusive, culture-changing films’ said GLAAD Presiden Sarah Kate Ellis.
Gaga could take home the Best Actress award. Her co-star and director, Bradley Cooper, meanwhile is up for Best Actor.
The movie depicts the love story of seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Cooper) and struggling artist Ally (Gaga). It is also up for Best Original Song, Best Adapted Screenplay and cinematography and sound mixing gongs.
Lady Gaga won three Grammys earlier this month.
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Author: Rik Glauert