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Shea Couleé is the stage name of Jaren Shea Merrell, a drag performer from Chicago, Illinois. She is one of the 14 queens competing on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Drag Name Origin

Kyei (Shea) – Swahili for "Beautiful Boy" – comes from her middle name. "Couleé" is a reference to Coulis the dessert and a mix of culo, which is "ass" in Spanish.


Season 9

"My name is Shea Couleé and I didn't come to play, I came to slay!"

Rupaul's Drag Race

In episode one "Oh. My. Gaga!"- the main challenge required the girls to compete in a charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent pageant, serving up a hometown look and a Lady Gaga look. For the hometown look, she chose a red look with a hot dog headpiece, representing Chicago.

In episode four "Good Morning Bitches!"- The girls were split into teams and had to do a morning show with Naya Riveria. Aja chose Shea to be on her team and decided to do the "cooking segment" with Sasha Velour. They made sexual jokes together, playing on the idea that they were flirting together whilst the show was live, and with their great chemistry together, were declared the winners of the week's challenge. After they won, the rest of Aja's team was safe.

In episode five "Reality Stars: The Musical" - The girls were assigned roles on reality TV stars, particularly the Kardashians, Shea was assigned that role of Blac Chyna. Even though she had a smaller role throughout the play, she stood out with her dancing and on the runway also. During deliberation, she was complimented heavily and was then declared the winner of the challenge. She is the first person on her season to win two times in a row.


  • "Why y'all acting brand new? Who's after Peppermint?"
  • "Chicago drag is the motherfucking That's right, bitch, it's got it's own domain!"
  • "Mama, you look so good it's damn near sinful."
  • "I would fuck the shit out of all y'all."
  • "I would like hate fuck the shit out of Valentina. I feel like she can... I feel like that bitch can take a dick."


  • Shea was the first queen to win two challenges on Season 9.


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