We learned this week why drag queens and adult film stars are such good friends, but that relationship goes one giant step further for Shangela and Liam Riley, or rather, “Bambi Wadley.”
Shangy is Bambi’s drag mom, and a proud mama at that.
For some time, Riley has been traveling with the Drag Race all-star, assisting her as she tours the world.
But this week Bambi made her own performance debut in Los Angeles, lip syncing to Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” at a West Hollywood bar.
Here’s a clip of the number from Riley’s Instagram:
On CLOUD 9!! Last night I did my debut performance, I couldn’t have asked for more than this amazing special moment. And my drag mother @itsshangela was there for my first show!! Thank you to all my amazing friends who helped and came to support and to all the girls (and to my biggest inspiration @arianagrande)? This is such a humble beginning. Watch the full performance on my story now. @getitbunny1 @rraquellsstarr @nickvosian @morgongonzalez @joeltinjaca @rhealitre @xtravagram
What do you think? Does Bambi have the chops to make it to season 11?
Would Drag Race accept a queen with a huge adult film career backstory? How would that play with the show’s apparent mainstream mission?
Judging by a quick IG scan, this mother/daughter duo is nothing but love:
My Queen, I love you from the bottom of my heart and can’t begin to say how proud of you I am. This has been one hell of a ride, I’ll cherish these moments for the rest of my life. From seasons 2, 3, to getting ready for All Stars 3. I have the best job in the world getting to work by your side everyday as your assitant. You’re a winner in my heart. The world is yours, and we’re all cheering for you. This is only the beginning.
To my drag mother: Thank you for everything that you do, you are one of a kind and special in every way. You inspire me and you continue to grow and inspire the entire world everyday. Your heart is made of gold and you are a true class act, a hard working professional. Thank you for blessing my life with so many continuous opportunities and being an amazing role model and mentor. I love you from the bottom of my heart and you’ll always be a winner to me. @itsshangela #NowGiveABitchHerCrown ???
And if your drag mom is Shangela, you’re naturally going to meet a whole bunch of other queens:
Oh and if you’re filling out this drag family tree, that means Alyssa Edwards is Riley’s drag grandma: