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Ru looks stunning, of course, but more important than that is just how much of a cultural force he’s become. And by that we mean “force for change,” not just “force of nature.” Look at where we are now. The world may be shit outside our windows, but there’s an LGBTQ Pride issue of Entertainment Weekly with RuPaul Motherfuckin Charles on the cover. It can’t be all bad, now can it?
From the mag – which we should all go out and buy to show our support for this kind of representation:
“From underground superstar to international phenomenon and cultural icon, RuPaul has always been larger than life. In this week’s EW, staff writer Marc Snetiker talks to Ru and those who have been with him every step of the way.
The world’s most influential drag queen used the art form to break ground for the community and himself, using his performances as a way to break into the mainstream as an author, actor, model, TV host, and recording artist. Along the way, he built an empire.
“He was fully realized. He was working a total gender-f—k punk rock look, this incredible creature that you could not ignore. It was undeniable that were in the presence of this huge star,” says Randy Barbato, cofounder of World of Wonder.
From his humble beginnings dancing up a reputation in Atlanta in the ‘80s, to a breakout cameo in the B-52s’ “Love Shack” video, Ru quickly became the country’s most recognizable drag queen, leading VH1 to give him his own variety show, The RuPaul Show. After the show was canceled, RuPaul took a hiatus—one that lasted eight years. Now, however, at 56 and with Drag Race scoring its highest-ever ratings this past year, the world’s greatest drag queen shows no signs of stopping.
RuPaul says of his return, “I thought, ‘Could it be that this is not meant for me?’ It was this horrible existence. One day, my friend Larry Tee called me and said, ‘Ru, what the f—k are you doing? You are a star. Get your ass back to New York and get your s—t together.’ And I did…I’m going to go back to New York and give those bitches exactly what they want from me.”
“THE LGBTQ ISSUE
EW’s annual LGBTQ special issue features a must-have guide to what’s coming in queer entertainment this year, from Charlize Theron’s bisexual-spy thriller, Atomic Blonde to Ricky Martin like you’ve never seen him before—and, of course, the revival of Will and Grace.(Page 44)
Creator Max Mutchnick says of the Will & Grace revival, “They’ve grown like we’ve grown. These are four friends who are experiencing life in America in a similar way to a lot of the country.”
Plus, EW takes a look back at the past 25 years and celebrates 25 of the greatest pop culture moments in LGBTQ history.”
[Photo Credit: EW]
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