Before making her television debut on RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 10 contestant The Vixen was well-known throughout Chicago for her wildly popular drag show Black Girl Magic. Started out a desire to celebrate the power black drag queens, the show grew into one the most popular drag shows in Chicago.
On Tuesday, The Vixen brought the show to life at Metro Chicago, this time bringing a number her Drag Race sisters like Asia O’Hara, Monét X Change and Dida Ritz to the stage, along with some the best Chicago queens, like Lucy Stoole and Eva Styles.
Among those performing was season 9 finalist and Chicago superstar Shea Couleé, who shared the set she performed with her fans on social media Wednesday afternoon. Taking to the stage on Wednesday night, the queen showed f her various skills, from singing to dancing to lip syncing the house down.
Shea started f her set with a live cover Rihanna’s hit song “Needed Me” from her most recent album ANTI. Effortlessly singing her way through the breezy Rihanna track, the queen used the end the track to transition into just a few bars “Ride,” Shea’s own song from her EP Couleé-D.
Walking briefly fstage, the queen returned with a bevy backup dancers to work her way through the O.T. Genasis trap track “Everybody Mad,” before ultimately closing out her set with a stunning lip sync to Beyoncé’s “Formation.” Along with lip syncing to the track, Shea even mirrored the choreography from Beyoncé’s iconic video.
In an interview with Billboard, The Vixen said that she takes pride in creating Black Girl Magic, because it pays tribute to pure, unadulterated, queer black joy. “It's back-to-back, show-stopping, jaw-dropping performances,” she said. “It's not a competition, it's a celebration, which is amazing and a great feeling to be in the audience and watch it play out.”
The Vixen also retweeted a few fan-filmed clips her performance, specifically showing her delivering an emotionally raw rendition “This Is Me,” the power-anthem from The Greatest Showman. Clips show The Vixen twirling around the stage while rainbow lights and confetti rain down on the audience.
Watch the full video Shea Couleé’s performance at Black Girl Magic in Chicago below: