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Born and raised in southern California, Bryan Watkins has been performing and dazzling audiences as Shannel, a female illusionist and drag queen for the past 18 years. At the age of 15, Bryan entered and won a Halloween contest in drag- there, Shannel was born. A year later, she began working with Glamour Shots as a make up artist and a hairstylist, providing her expertise on photo shoots. Soon after, she was discovered by a representative of the Chanel Corporation and was hired on as a beauty advisor for Chanel cosmetic. Shannel’s career took off and she resided in Las Vegas as a host and headliner for over 9 years. In 2009, she was cast in the first season of Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. After noticeable recognition from the show,Shannel returned to Southern California and continued touring around the United States. In 2012, she was chosen to be on RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. In March 2013, Shannel became a part of CeeLo Green’s “LOberace” at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip. As springtime finished, it was announced that she will be a reoccurring co host with Frank Marino and his Las Vegas show "Divas". Currently, she continues to travel and work with the Dreamgirls Revue Shows and special guest appearances in clubs all around the U.S.

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