RuPaul's sure come a long way, baby. After winning his first, but long overdue, Emmy, Ru has been named to Time's 100 most influential people in the world. And as is custom with the annual list, another influential person sings his praises—in this case, fellow supermodel of the world Naomi Campbell.
"I first met RuPaul in the ’90s, when I was doing a shoot on 14th Street in New York City," Campbell writes. "As soon as I saw him, I wanted to know where he was going, because that was where I wanted to be."
Ah, New York in the '90s, when Naomi Campbell and RuPaul were just casually crossing paths. No wonder this city feels dead now. Campbell goes on to praise Ru's beauty—inside and out—his wit and intelligence, and the influence of Drag Race on not just its viewers but also its contestants.
"It’s incredible what he’s done for the drag queens who compete on that show—bringing them out, introducing them to a mainstream audience and letting them be proud of who they are and what they want to be."
Among the other most influential people of note: Oscar-winner Viola Davis (profiled by sisterfriend Meryl Streep), Moonlight director Barry Jenkins (by Kathryn Bigelow), trans advocate Gavin Grimm (by Out cover girl Janet Mock), late night superheroine Samantha Bee (by Jane Curtin), Calvin Klein creative director Raf Simons (by A$AP Rocky), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (by Kamala Harris).
Of course, influence is a double-edged sword and therefore not always positive, so Time also included some notable assholes like North Korea's Kim Jong-un, Russia's Vladimir Putin, Wikileaks' Julian Assange, a significant chunk of the Trump White House—including Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, as well as the president himself—and Tom Brady.
Meanwhile, Diane Bruce must have stepped out today in her Thursday fur with her glass of morning wine and found herself as mystified as I am that her neighbors the Trump-Kushner's made it onto the Time 100 without her.