RuPaul can’t believe people think drag is his life. He calls it his “punk rock statement”.
The US entertainer rose to fame thanks to his drag act, fronting TV shows and releasing music under the blonde-haired alter ego. There’s more to RuPaul than this, but he admits many people have that misconception.
“That drag is my life or something that I couldn’t live without,” he told Britain’s Grazia magazine of what people get wrong about him. “Drag has always been a punk rock statement for me. Drag queens think of identity as a joke, so we make fun of it.”
Despite his self assurance now, the 55-year-old performer hasn’t always been so confident. In fact when asked what he’d love to delete online from his own past, RuPaul stated he’d clear away the majority of it if he could.
“All of it,” he admitted. “When I was in my twenties I so wanted everyone’s approval. When I see videos of myself from that time I’m so desperate to please, poor thing.
“(But the best lesson I was ever taught) I learnt it in the 10th grade from my teacher. He said, ‘RuPaul, do not take life too seriously.'”
As for regrets, the entertainer doesn’t beat around the bush.
“I should have had more sex when I was younger, I was scared,” he laughed. “People terrify me!”
RuPaul’s most famous TV show Drag Race will soon be back for an eighth season. The reality series sees RuPaul search for America’s next drag superstar, and the 2016 finalists will be announced on 1 February (16).
Born & raised in San Diego, Calif. Moved to Atlanta, Ga. at 15.
Studied theatre at North Atlanta School of Performing Arts.
Lead singer of rock band “Wee Wee Pole” before moving to NYC mid-eighties.
Was crowned “The Queen Of Manhattan” 1989.
Achieved international fame with hit song “Supermodel (You Better Work).”
1st feature film was Spike Lee’s “Crooklyn.” Has acted in over 50 films & TV sitcoms.
Recorded a duet with Sir Elton John that reached #7 on the UK charts.
Awarded a 7 year contract as “the first face of M.A.C Cosmetics.”
Filmed 100 episodes of TV talker “The RuPaul Show” on VH1.
NYC morning radio veteran. Currently hosts podcast “What’s The Tee? w/Michelle Visage.”
Has written books “Workin’ It” & “Lettin’ It All Hang Out.”
Singer/Songwriter of 11 solo albums including the latest “Realness.”
Wax portraits of RuPaul are displayed at Madame Tussaud’s Museum in both NYC & San Francisco.
Merchandising includes dolls, apparel, cosmetics, fragrance, chocolate & a video game.
Permanent judge on “Skin Wars” on GSN.
Host of “Good Work” on E!
Executive Producer of the global phenomenon “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Splits time between NYC and LA.
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