What’s Next for Shea Couleé After Winning ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’?

Now that she’s won RuPaul’s Drag Race, this queen has her sights set on other projects. Between selling her own beer and protesting for Black Lives Matter, this performer has plenty of projects lined up for the future. Here’s what we know about “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” Miss Shea Couleé. 

Shea Couleé is the winner of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 5’

There was so much charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent on this season of RuPaul’s award-winning reality competition series. Still, a Top Three rose from the competition: Miz Cracker, Jujubee, and Shea Couleé. 

After weeks of challenges, Shea Couleé managed to snag a couple of wins. Eventually, she became “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” thanks to the support of fans from RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 5. 

Now that she has the crown, the tile, and the cash prize of $100,000, some viewers are wondering what’s next for Shea Couleé. They need to look no further than her social media accounts, when she often updates fans on her life outside of the competition.

Shea Couleé advocates for the Black Lives Matter movement 

Even while this season of Drag Race was airing, Shea Couleé made time to advocate for causes she cares about. She spoke at a Black Lives Matter rally in Chicago, and marched alongside other queens like The Vixen and Dida Ritz. 

“I am a firm believer in destiny and timing, and this is airing right now for a very specific reason,” Shea Couleé said during an interview with Vulture. “Because I, myself, as a Black queer person, when I discovered RuPaul’s Drag Race, it brought me hope during a time in my life where I felt really hopeless.”

“It’s a full circle, for me to be providing inspiration and hope to other queer, Black, gender nonbinary individuals,” she continued. “And not even just them, but everybody who watches this show and identifies with my story.”

Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe, Jeffrey C. Williams and Shea Couleé
Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe, Jeffrey C. Williams and Shea Couleé | Dominik Bindl/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows

What does Shea Couleé have lined up for the future?

Live performances look somewhat different due to social distancing and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, although some Drag Race alumni have since performed at drive-in shows. Shea Couleé hasn’t been able to perform for Drag Race fans worldwide like she did following season 9. That’s not to say she hasn’t been busy. 

Shea Couleé released her own line of beer, Shea Coul-Ale. With the collaboration comes a portion of the proceeds being given to a charity of choice. She chose Trans Tech Social Enterprises, a nonprofit that creates education, support, and jobs for trans people facing high levels of discrimination. 

Fans can learn more about Shea Couleé from her social media accounts. Drag Race viewers can see already released episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars 5 on the VH1 website and on WOWPresents Plus in select countries.

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