This is RuPaul's world, and we're all just living in it! At least that's what the cover line says for the business mogul's new (and first) cover of Vanity Fair. And I'm sorry but we love to see it!
RuPaul is a cultural phenom. Her history is well documented and if you ever thought she was having a moment before, she's certainly having one now! This year she's covered Interview Magazine and bagged a profile in Vogue — that should have been a cover. This Vanity Fair feature, which is for the glossy's January issue, only stamps the legacy, but also, surprisingly is still full of fun tidbits.
While Ru is full of her usual self-help wisdom and fortune cookie philosophy, she also speaks about the creation fo the criminally tall drag persona that has become the most well known face in drag history. For example, though we call her Ru, the blonde who hosts RuPaul's Drag Race is actually named Monster and was a reaction to people requesting Ru in drag at a time she was trying to do more of a David Bowie aesthetic.
“I changed my ideas about myself," Ru told Vanity Fair. "I said, I’m gonna do this in drag. Not only am I going to do this in drag, I’m going to do it in glamazon drag. And I’m going to take some of the sexual subversiveness out of it and make myself like a Disney caricature, so that Betty and Joe Beer Can won’t feel threatened by the sexual aspects of drag. They won’t be threatened by the fact that I’m actually mocking identity. That was the scientific combination that I used to break through to the mainstream. So that’s what I did. I enlisted the help of all my friends, my tribe members, and together we came up with this look. That’s how ‘Supermodel’ happened. That cracked the code.”
And just like that, we have our Black Barbie of drag!
Elsewhere in the feature, the queen talks about her upcoming show AJ and the Queen — which is a show that includes a kid, not a kids' show that includes a drag queen, — dodges questions about the whole trans performers debacle, and reveals she's bought a new home in Beverly Hills worth a reported $13.7 million.
Not bad for a boy in drag!