William Belli




Willam Belli (/bɛl/, born June 30, 1982),[1] mononymously known as Willam, is a drag queen, and recording artist. Willam came to prominence as a contestant on the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2012, during which she became the first contestant to be disqualified from the series. In June 2019, a panel of judges from New York magazine placed her ninth on their list of “the most powerful drag queens in America”, a ranking of 100 former Drag Race contestants.[2]

Before appearing on Drag Race, Willam worked as an actor, most notably playing the recurring role of transgender woman Cherry Peck in Ryan Murphy‘s medical drama Nip/Tuck. She has continued to perform in a variety of films, television series and web series, often in drag. In 2018, she appeared in the critically acclaimed film A Star Is Born. For her performance on the dark comedy web series EastSiders, she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Digital Daytime Drama Series.[3]

Since 2012, Willam has recorded three albums of comedy music, mostly consisting of parodies of popular songs. Her second album, Shartistry in Motion, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Comedy Albums chart. Between 2012 and 2014, she recorded several songs as part of the group DWV (alongside drag queens Vicky Vox and Detox), including the parodies “Chow Down” and “Boy Is a Bottom“, whose music videos were viral successes. Following the breakup of DWV, Willam formed another drag supergroup, the AAA Girls, with Courtney Act and Alaska Thunderfuck.

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