There's not another lip-synch song on the planet, in the history of lip-synching songs, that has been lip-synched more than 'I Will Survive.'
Once you clear out from your consciousness things that no longer matter, you're able to make room for other things.
This is an important thing: People who live in the mainstream and the status quo think that everyone else is there to serve them.
You come here for one thing and one thing only, and that is to learn. I used to spend a lot of my life waiting for the day I could quit school, but then came to realize that so long as we are alive we never leave school. Life is a series of high schools, one after the other.
Unfortunately, in our culture, one person can write a letter to the network, and they shut something down. It's unfortunate.
Honestly, it's important to not take this whole process of life on this planet too seriously. And you need games to remind you that every aspect of your experience on this planet is a game. And you have to be a good sport. You have to strategize, and you have to have fun.
People can identify as however you want to. Right on. Go for it. But my strategy in this bigger game of life is to not identify as anything.
I love games. My favorite thing on this planet to do is to play games. And if you don't enjoy games, then you're really missing the point of what this life is.
I love drag, and I love people who gravitate toward it. Because the people who do drag are people who dance to the beat of a different drummer.
We encrypt 'Drag Race' with the secret language that kept gay people linked for many years before the '80s.
I always did what I thought was interesting. I always just did what caught my fantasy. Looking like a woman, that was never the criteria for me. It was always to do drag. And drag is not gender-specific. Drag is just drag. It's exaggeration.
I've cried my eyes out and wanted to end it all before. I hope everybody's gone that far, because it makes life rich.
Drag breaks the fourth wall, which is why it's never been quite accepted, because nobody wants to be told that they are really a caricature of themself and to not take yourself too seriously.
Usually, people who don't have a broad perspective see gay people as servants -- as people who are there to make them look good.
It's very easy to look at the world and think this is all so cruel and so mean. It's important to not become bitter from it.
Throughout my life, I have always believed in love; I've always put my heart in love. But I've seen fear take people so often. It's very scary.
Mainstream's never appealed to me, really. I mean, I've become popular over the years in certain areas. But mainstream, you know, I would rather the mainstream come to me.
My motivation comes from a love of being creative. I'm in love with music and colour and laughter and dancing and all things that are beautiful.
The truth is -- most things are probably gonna fail. But my failures bring me to the next thing. So in that regard, nothing's a failure, it's a continuation.
You want to know the truth about drugs? You can only go one or two ways. You can go up, or you can go down. That's it. After a certain point, though, no matter what you do, what you take, you don't go anywhere, and that's when you've got to sit down and face yourself.
I've always been drawn to people who dance to the beat of a different drum; it didn't matter if they were in film or music or fashion.
When I go out, I'm always dressed up. Not in drag but always prepared to be 'on.' Just in case somebody's going to take a picture. Everyone has a Facebook page, so no matter what, I'm prepared to service the public.
Drag is involved with changing identities and not taking identities too seriously at all. That's why drag is such a hard sell to a network -- or anyone, really -- because it's up against the ego.
The only person I look up to -- and not just in show business but also in the world -- is a little lady named Judge Judy! Honestly.
Don't believe the hype; don't believe what it tells you on your driver's license. You are an extension of the power that created this whole universe.
My drag is less about looking like a woman and more about saying F.U. to the cult of systematic masculinity I was bombarded with as a little boy.
It's a neutralizing mantra to say to everybody, 'I come in peace.' I come in peace. That's why it's important.
When I was about 13, 14 -- 13, I would carry a magic marker with me everywhere I went so I could write the word Bowie on everything that wasn't mine.
You can't have a discussion about bullying unless you also have a discussion against our culture's obsession with masculinity.
If you've worked in a factory, and you haven't learned how to do something else, you're obsolete. That's just nature.
Everyone knows about the diminishments of growing older, but no one talks about the expanding strengths. Paired with intellect, your intuition grows increasingly stronger and more on point.
In my life, I've been able to really examine society in a way most people who aren't outsiders don't get a chance to do.
I feel like I've won every year the show has been picked up by Logo because, really, nothing beats a paycheck.
The point about pop culture is that so much of it is borrowed. There's very little that's brand new. Instead, creativity today is a kind of shopping process--picking up on and sampling things form the world around you, things you grew up with.
Through my observations, it became clear that most of society's rules and customs are rooted in fear and superstition!
Having an automobile in Los Angeles enables me to change clothes at least three times a day: I will go from western wear to nautical to Savile Row in the course of 12 hours.
The secret of success in every field is redefining what success means to you. It can't be your parent's definition, the media's definition, or your neighbor's definition. Otherwise, success will never satisfy you.
Doing drag in a male-dominant culture is an act of treason. It's the most punk-rock thing you can do.
All things to do with drag are inherently therapeutic because the realization of your own insanity is the beginning of sanity.
When I think about my Glamazon, would that character get down if someone said her thighs were heavy? No, she knows what other people think is none of her damn business.
Never save bath bombs for later. Never wait for a special occasion to light candles. Don't wait to book a massage. Treat yourself to a spa day. Get yourself a colonic immediately. Now is the time. Your body is a temple. Serve it and it will serve you well.
I've lived my whole life in the life -- I've lived my whole life doing the thing, I've been doing my own thing. And I think my life speaks volumes about what one must do.
I do not impersonate females! How many women do you know who wear seven inch heels, four foot wigs, and skintight dresses?
Our bodies are just temporary vessels for our souls, which will go on forever. You really are an extension of the power that created the whole universe, no matter what drags you have on.
I don't think drag will ever be mainstream because it's counter to what the mainstream directive is, which is picking an identity and sticking with it for the rest of your life.
For both men and women, an eyelash curler is a must. It gives your eye the appearance of being well-rested and wide open.
From childhood, we're trained to be a certain way, to behave a certain way -- so that the power base can control us, really. And punk and drag are completely outside of that.
Personally, I experience success when I enjoy what I'm doing. I love the creative process, even if the end result isn't embraced by anyone else.
I think in times of fear and hysteria in a culture, gender experimentation as it pertains to men has to go underground because it scares people too much and it's too much for people to take on. Especially when a culture is held hostage by fear and hysteria and fundamentalism.
It's all about knowing that everybody that you see, everybody that you sit across from is a different aspect of yourself. So once you can accept yourself on every level, that's when everything opens up, that's when the party really begins.
To this day it cracks me up to think that my debut on national British television as a reporter ends with me turning a trick.
You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don't care! Just as long as you call me.
The overall commentary on what I'm doing is saying, 'Hey look! I get to create whatever persona I want to, and it's all up to me. And the truth is, we are all -- basically the universe -- pretending to be humans for a brief moment of time. With a little self-induced amnesia.
Walking with your chest out and your head held high says you have earned the right to stomp and pummel this particular piece of real estate.
I've dedicated my career to fighting the mundane. My hope is that my career will be a shining example to children everywhere that life is more meaningful when you are not afraid to see all colors of the rainbow.
I can always sniff out when someone is being what they think I want them to be, which is the complete opposite. I really want a queen to be herself.
Drag queens always love a portmanteau of combining words and making something new, because this whole world is shilarious. And so you have to contain yourself with words. Shilarious is just something that is a really hooty kiki funny item.
Give a drag queen a fish and you feed her for a day; show her how to be fishy and you feed her for a lifetime.
So many times, people are afraid to start something because of fear of failing. But it can be fabulous -- because it leads you to the next thing.
We are all illusionists and that's why we are attracted to drag queens. This whole world is an illusion. It's not real.
A glamazon is someone who's taken a love of beauty and life and listen, depending on the weather or how my blood sugar at any time, I can be more outspoken than other times, but it's a conscious decision to live life with a fierce determination.
There's not a long career span because you can't really make money doing drag for very long the way the system was set up for so many years.
I'm always talking about loving yourself and expressing yourself and learning how to love yourself. I'm still the same.
What makes a gay icon is someone who possesses both masculine and feminine qualities simultaneously.
Anybody who can step out of the house with a pair of heels and some lipstick on their lips is my hero.
We as gay people get to choose our family and the people we're around. I am your family. We are a family here.
I change clothes at least three times a day. It's the only way I can justify all the shopping I do. Prada to the grocery store? Yes! Gucci to the dry cleaner's? Why not? Dolce and Gabbana to the corner deli? I insist!
Drag is like breaking the fourth wall in theater where we're letting you know straight up that this is an illusion. People are attracted to that because they know it's the truth of who they are also. No one is who they think they are. That's why people are attracted to drag.
True wealth is having a healthy mind, body, and spirit. True wealth is having the knowledge to maneuver and navigate the mental obstacles that inhibit your ability to soar.
Most women, when they ask me for beauty tips aren't really prepared for my answer, which is, there is no magic beauty wand that can transform you and make you beautiful. It takes practice and what you see on Rupaul's Drag Race is years and years of practice.
Our ego never wants to die and it will do anything to prolong its life. But the truth is, we are both spirit and ego and you have to have a balance between the two. Your spirit never dies, but the ego is all about beginnings and ends.
Don't take life too seriously.
Don't take life too seriously and have fun. Don't waste your time on things that your ego will try and convince you are important.
It's quite simple: If someone says UR beautiful, believe them. If someone says UR ugly, don't believe them.
American culture is one that is so easily in denial. We have such a strange dichotomy, so hypocritical. The truth can be blaring in neon letters but our culture will find a reason not to hear what the truth is.
As gay people, we always think outside of the box. The irreverent is always important to a drag queen and anyone else who lives outside the box. And this is why drag's important: remember to not take life seriously. It's always important to see the laughter in the illusion that we pretend is real.
I'd like to go for people I admire -- I always gravitate towards the people I idolized when I was a teenager: Cher, Diana Ross, and David Bowie.
It's important to stay in this moment right here, the now. This moment is the most important moment of your life.
I think drag is universal, no matter who does it. I mean, yeah, I am homosexual, but I think everybody likes to toy with their image. I love those guys. I love Milton Berle and Flip Wilson and all those people.
A regular old drag queen is usually your science teacher who's actually wearing women's panties underneath his slacks. A drag-queen superstar is someone who actually works in clubs and makes a living doing it more than one night a year, or even one night in six months.
I've never personally differentiated a person who dressed up in a three-piece suit and goes to Wall Street from a person who dresses up in a polyester uniform and works at McDonalds. I think it's all drag.
Drag is really about reminding people that you are more than you think you are -- you are more than what it says on your passport.
My love life has never been of interest to people. Of course I have a love life; I have a real life outside of show business.
If you grow up in show business, you look beyond the looking glass. So, all of the surface facades get broken.
It's true in everything, not just in drag: To be a success, you have to understand the landscape. You have to know thyself, and you have to know your history so that you can draw from people who have figured out the equation you are faced with. It's not rocket science.
Everyone has a really short attention span, and you have to bombard them with content, content, content.
I've always been ambitious. I've always been able to roll up my sleeves and get to work. I like to stay busy. I love working, and I love being creative.
Drag queens have always taken on that role of spilling the tea -- and the tea is the emperor has no clothes!
My music is a reflection of what I really love to listen to, pop, dance, mid tempo dance and ballads.
I started out in this business in rock and roll bands and stumbled into drag. Drag just happened to be my vehicle for my creativity. So, you know, it's afforded me the opportunity to create new shows, to make music.
I always bring an orange scarf, not just so I can wear it or tuck it into my pocket, but also so I can throw it over a lamp in the hotel room. Orange is my favourite colour, and it gives a lovely, warm ambience.
I'm not religious, but I do pray. It's 60 seconds of meditation, visualizing myself, looking at myself, and being conscious of my own consciousness. That will align me for the rest of the day.
I think our culture is moving forward -- slowly. And also, as we move forward, we're witnessing some of the old stalwarts rejecting that forward motion.
For my tribe, the people I found years ago, we've found sanctuary in the irreverent, in the off-center, in the quirky... And that's how we stay entertained, and that's how we stay engaged in what would otherwise seem to be a really cruel world. A really harsh world.
There's not enough dancing in the world. And the fact that there are no daytime discos right now is indicative of the trouble we're in as a society.
Style is a celebratory expression of your life force. You must approach it with a sense of joie de vivre.
We humans are still a very primitive culture, and it's one of the traps we've fallen into over the course of our lives -- to forget our history. That's why George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' is so profound. It chronicles our short memory.
My attitude toward friendship has remained the same. I will support and encourage you with all the love in my heart, but if it's not reciprocal, I gotta go. If your friends are bitter about your success to the extent that they act out, don't expect them to change. Move on.
Negativity is basically laziness.
Negativity is basically laziness. It takes a lot of hard work to remain positive, but positivity always pays off.
As a kid, I was searching for my tribe of other people who saw through the matrix. Even as a kid I could never buy into the status quo. I just thought it was a joke; I couldn't believe other people weren't laughing at it.
There are only two types of people in the world. There are the people who understand that this is a matrix, and then there are the people who buy it lock, stock and barrel.
I remember being 14 years old, making a pact with myself. I would never join into the matrix, never join into the status quo, and I would always fight it. It always felt like I was on an operating table and the anesthesia never worked.
It's been important to cultures throughout history with the court jester and the witch doctor and the shaman -- all preach the same thing.
I had mentors, growing up in gay life -- older gay men who told me about our history and the history of art and culture -- but somehow, the younger generation missed out on that synergy.
I love David Bowie and Cher and Diana Ross. I wanted to follow in their footsteps. So I set out to do that in a rock-'n'-roll band in Atlanta, Georgia. That led me to nightclubs and to the sort of Andy Warhol experience of creating a personality.
It's a sort of piss-take on culture, because a drag queen is a clown -- a parody of our society. It's a sarcastic spoof on culture, which allows us to laugh at ourselves -- but in a way that is inclusive of everyone.
When I was a kid in San Diego, I would read fashion magazines and Interview magazine, and all of that really inspired me to create a persona. So by the time I moved to New York, in the early '80s, I'd learned how to create a persona, and I knew what my persona would be.
I feel like a mother-queen-vampire-Dracula because I want to make more girls so I can have more friends and more girls to play with, you know? For a long time, it was really just me. There were other girls in the niche underground, but not on a world level.
My number one tip for all people, not just drag queens, is false eyelashes, which make every look go from daytime to glamazon!
'The Wizard of Oz' is my favourite. It explains what life on this planet is about. Although Dorothy reaches Oz, she finds she had what she needed to go back to Kansas all along, but the Good Witch tells her that she had to learn it for herself. All of the answers to the meaning of life are there.