It happened. It really happened. After Supermodel, To Wong Foo, a Mac Viva Glam campaign, and helping bring drag into the mainstream, RuPaul has made it to the Met Gala. And for his look on one of the most discussed red carpets in fashion, for a night with the theme of “camp,” this drag queen, who many would call the most famous drag queen in the world, wore a suit. It was a nice suit, sure. But he wore a suit.
The lead up to Ru’s entrance at the Met Gala was a bit of a ride. It arguably started with his feature in the May issue of Vogue. Anna Wintour chose Kim Kardashian to cover the glossy. Twitter chose one Mr. Charles, dressed in Elizabethan-inspired regalia. On set, apparently Ru was a stickler about the image and what made the look and what would not: the headpiece made the look and would stay on, regardless of the thoughts of photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Then there were Wintour’s own comments. In an interview where she was asked what Ru might wear, she said, “I wouldn’t dream of telling Ru what to wear,” which is actually remarkable considering how much control she exerts over the event. “I think nobody understands about how to make an entrance better than he does and I hear he’s taking it very, super seriously and we look forward to being delightfully enthralled.” I’m saying all this to say I expected a look ladies, theydies, and gentlemen. A LEWK. And honestly, I feel a little slighted.
Listen, RuPaul is grown and can do whatever he wants. He can wear whatever he wants. He understands what camp is, no doubt, moreso than I do. But when he turned up on the Met Gala red carpet as the second professional drag queen to grace the prestigious event — RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 winner Aquaria was the first — with his husband Georges LeBar, that he may or may not be having infrequent sex with at his side, I expected him to be in drag. And yes, whatever, this is boy drag, go off. But I wanted to see the glamour!
Yes there’s a case to be made for this being camp, and all that nonsense, I get it. In fact, this is probably the campiest version of RuPaul Charles to be frank. And from the impression everyone gets, he only appears in drag when he is being paid to appear in drag — as the Met Gala is a charity event there is very little chance that anyone was paid to be there except possibly the performers during the seated dinner. But you couldn’t break us off a little something Ru? A little piece? A little “quick drag” challenge? Clearly not.
Well Ru, I’m sorry my dear but you are up for elimination.