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RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960), known mononymously as RuPaul, is an American drag queen, actor, model, singer, television personality, and author. Since 2009, he has produced and hosted the reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race, for which he has received eleven Primetime Emmy Awards, the most-awarded person of color in the show's history. He is considered the most commercially successful drag queen in the United States. In 2017, he was included in the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. In 2019, Fortune noted him as "easily the world's most famous" drag queen.

Born and raised in San Diego, California, RuPaul later studied performing arts in Atlanta, Georgia. He settled in New York City, where he became a popular fixture on the LGBT nightclub scene. He achieved international fame as a drag queen with the release of his debut single, "Supermodel (You Better Work)", which was included on his debut studio album Supermodel of the World (1993). In 1994, he became a spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics, raising money for the Mac AIDS Fund and becoming the first drag queen to land a major cosmetics campaign. That year, he received his own talk show on VH1 called The RuPaul Show, which he hosted for over 100 episodes while co-hosting the morning radio show on WKTU with Michelle Visage. He has had continued success as a recording artist, releasing 14 studio albums including Foxy Lady (1996), Ho Ho Ho (1997), Champion (2009), Glamazon (2011), and Born Naked (2014).

RuPaul has made appearances in films including Crooklyn (1994), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), Hurricane Bianca (2016), the Comedy Central series Broad City (2017), and the Netflix original shows Girlboss (2017), Grace and Frankie (2019), and AJ and the Queen (2020). He has also published three books: Lettin' It All Hang Out (1995), Workin' It! RuPaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style (2010), and GuRu (2018).

To date, RuPaul's Drag Race has produced thirteen seasons in the United States and 2 in the United Kingdom (as of 2021). The show has seen success globally with a further six international formats of the show in production. This has also inspired several spin-off series, including RuPaul's Drag U, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, and RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race. He is also featured as a host on series such as Skin Wars, Good Work, and Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul. In June 2019, his daytime talk show RuPaul premiered, but was cancelled after a three-week test run.

RuPaul is indifferent to which gender-specific pronouns are used to refer to him and once quipped, "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." He has also played male roles and makes public appearances in both male and female drag.

Quote: But if you deem them worthy, people deserve a second chance. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

But if you deem them worthy, people deserve a second chance.


Quote: I've still never gotten used to myself in drag. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I've still never gotten used to myself in drag.


Quote: Drag has always been the thing you turn to to remember to not take yourself too seriously. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Drag has always been the thing you turn to to remember to not take yourself too seriously.


Quote: 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.' by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.'


Quote: Once you clear out from your consciousness things that no longer matter, you're able to make room for other things. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Once you clear out from your consciousness things that no longer matter, you're able to make room for other things.


Quote: I enjoy being creative. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I enjoy being creative.


Quote: My focus is on love and inclusiveness. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

My focus is on love and inclusiveness.


Quote: If you're upset by something I said, you have bigger problems than you think. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

If you're upset by something I said, you have bigger problems than you think.


Quote: Life is not to be taken seriously. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Life is not to be taken seriously.


Quote: In our subconscious, we all know we're playing roles. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

In our subconscious, we all know we're playing roles.


Quote: This is an important thing: People who live in the mainstream and the status quo think that everyone else is there to serve them. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

This is an important thing: People who live in the mainstream and the status quo think that everyone else is there to serve them.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Young people need to know there are ways for them to navigate this life. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Young people need to know there are ways for them to navigate this life.


Quote: It's hard to get intimate with an audience. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

It's hard to get intimate with an audience.


Quote: Unfortunately, in our culture, one person can write a letter to the network, and they shut something down. It's unfortunate. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Unfortunately, in our culture, one person can write a letter to the network, and they shut something down. It's unfortunate.


Quote: I haven't found a heel that's been too high for me yet. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I haven't found a heel that's been too high for me yet.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Life is dangerous. There are no guarantees. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Life is dangerous. There are no guarantees.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: I've been very blessed, and that has not escaped me. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I've been very blessed, and that has not escaped me.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: The only time you will ever see me in drag is when I am -- What? Getting paid. It is my job. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

The only time you will ever see me in drag is when I am -- What? Getting paid. It is my job.


Quote: We encrypt 'Drag Race' with the secret language that kept gay people linked for many years before the '80s. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

We encrypt 'Drag Race' with the secret language that kept gay people linked for many years before the '80s.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: I try to do three active things a day because I have to fit into costumes that are very tight. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I try to do three active things a day because I have to fit into costumes that are very tight.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: Usually, people who don't have a broad perspective see gay people as servants -- as people who are there to make them look good. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Usually, people who don't have a broad perspective see gay people as servants -- as people who are there to make them look good.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: I've always been interested in what else is here, what lies beneath. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I've always been interested in what else is here, what lies beneath.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: I'm ambitious. I work hard. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I'm ambitious. I work hard.


Quote: There are so many sensitive souls; they don't know what to do with their feelings. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

There are so many sensitive souls; they don't know what to do with their feelings.


Quote: Drag is there to remind culture not to take itself too seriously. All of this is illusion. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Drag is there to remind culture not to take itself too seriously. All of this is illusion.


Quote: I love the creativity and the social and political aspects of drag. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I love the creativity and the social and political aspects of drag.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: I loved 'Carol.' I thought it was a beautiful film. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I loved 'Carol.' I thought it was a beautiful film.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: La Flavour's 'Mandolay' is a disco classic -- I dare you to sit still while listening to it. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

La Flavour's 'Mandolay' is a disco classic -- I dare you to sit still while listening to it.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: I dance to the beat of a different drummer. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I dance to the beat of a different drummer.


Quote: Drag really is all about dipping into pop culture and then reshaping it into something else. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Drag really is all about dipping into pop culture and then reshaping it into something else.


Quote: We are born nude and everything after that is drag. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

We are born nude and everything after that is drag.


Quote: We're born naked, and the rest is drag. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

We're born naked, and the rest is drag.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: Everybody is in drag. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Everybody is in drag.


Quote: I have always worked and did my work on the fringe, where I have feel very comfortable. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I have always worked and did my work on the fringe, where I have feel very comfortable.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: It's a neutralizing mantra to say to everybody, 'I come in peace.' I come in peace. That's why it's important. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

It's a neutralizing mantra to say to everybody, 'I come in peace.' I come in peace. That's why it's important.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: You can't have a discussion about bullying unless you also have a discussion against our culture's obsession with masculinity. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

You can't have a discussion about bullying unless you also have a discussion against our culture's obsession with masculinity.


Quote: If you've worked in a factory, and you haven't learned how to do something else, you're obsolete. That's just nature. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

If you've worked in a factory, and you haven't learned how to do something else, you're obsolete. That's just nature.


Quote: I don't think there is a life in the mundane 9-to-5 hypocrisy. That's not living. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I don't think there is a life in the mundane 9-to-5 hypocrisy. That's not living.


Quote: Live your life in the now, because you get to a certain age and you realize, Wow, that was fast. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Live your life in the now, because you get to a certain age and you realize, Wow, that was fast.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: We all came into this world naked. The rest is all drag. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

We all came into this world naked. The rest is all drag.


Quote: It's important to remember that you're born naked, and the rest is drag. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

It's important to remember that you're born naked, and the rest is drag.


Quote: Never forget that the most political thing you can ever do is follow your heart. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Never forget that the most political thing you can ever do is follow your heart.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: I feel like I've won every year the show has been picked up by Logo because, really, nothing beats a paycheck. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I feel like I've won every year the show has been picked up by Logo because, really, nothing beats a paycheck.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: Through my observations, it became clear that most of society's rules and customs are rooted in fear and superstition! by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Through my observations, it became clear that most of society's rules and customs are rooted in fear and superstition!


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: Throw a little shade when you need to. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Throw a little shade when you need to.


Quote: Drag for me has always been my superhero costume. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Drag for me has always been my superhero costume.


Quote: Doing drag in a male-dominant culture is an act of treason. It's the most punk-rock thing you can do. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Doing drag in a male-dominant culture is an act of treason. It's the most punk-rock thing you can do.


Quote: You have to find a tribe. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

You have to find a tribe.


Quote: It's important to find your tribe. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

It's important to find your tribe.


Quote: All things to do with drag are inherently therapeutic because the realization of your own insanity is the beginning of sanity. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

All things to do with drag are inherently therapeutic because the realization of your own insanity is the beginning of sanity.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: The whole point is to live life and be -- to use all the colors in the crayon box. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

The whole point is to live life and be -- to use all the colors in the crayon box.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: I do not impersonate females! How many women do you know who wear seven inch heels, four foot wigs, and skintight dresses? by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I do not impersonate females! How many women do you know who wear seven inch heels, four foot wigs, and skintight dresses?


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: It's important to make a great first impression, so make sure to hold on to your damn weave. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

It's important to make a great first impression, so make sure to hold on to your damn weave.






Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: For both men and women, an eyelash curler is a must. It gives your eye the appearance of being well-rested and wide open. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

For both men and women, an eyelash curler is a must. It gives your eye the appearance of being well-rested and wide open.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: Kindness only goes so far, and then it's time to show your claws. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Kindness only goes so far, and then it's time to show your claws.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: No one wants a cherry pie that bites back. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

No one wants a cherry pie that bites back.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: Don't be afraid to use all the colors in the crayon box. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Don't be afraid to use all the colors in the crayon box.


Quote: Don't be jealous of my boogie. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Don't be jealous of my boogie.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: When you're face to face with someone less worthy, tell them. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

When you're face to face with someone less worthy, tell them.


Quote: We are all illusionists and that's why we are attracted to drag queens. This whole world is an illusion. It's not real. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

We are all illusionists and that's why we are attracted to drag queens. This whole world is an illusion. It's not real.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: Loving yourself--it really takes a daily practice. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Loving yourself--it really takes a daily practice.


Quote: I'm always talking about loving yourself and expressing yourself and learning how to love yourself. I'm still the same. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I'm always talking about loving yourself and expressing yourself and learning how to love yourself. I'm still the same.




Quote: What makes a gay icon is someone who possesses both masculine and feminine qualities simultaneously. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

What makes a gay icon is someone who possesses both masculine and feminine qualities simultaneously.


Quote: Some girls talk to the boys in the chat room, my girls talk to the boys in the backroom. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Some girls talk to the boys in the chat room, my girls talk to the boys in the backroom.


Quote: Anybody who can step out of the house with a pair of heels and some lipstick on their lips is my hero. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Anybody who can step out of the house with a pair of heels and some lipstick on their lips is my hero.


Quote: We as gay people get to choose our family and the people we're around. I am your family. We are a family here. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

We as gay people get to choose our family and the people we're around. I am your family. We are a family here.




Quote: 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! by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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!


Quote: I always felt like an outer-space alien. I was always breaking the fourth wall. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I always felt like an outer-space alien. I was always breaking the fourth wall.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote; white text on black background

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.




Quote: Be yourself. Know your proportions. And have a good tailor. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Be yourself. Know your proportions. And have a good tailor.




Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: Don't take life too seriously. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Don't take life too seriously.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Everyone gets drunk and makes out with the wrong guy sometimes. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Everyone gets drunk and makes out with the wrong guy sometimes.


Quote: It's quite simple: If someone says UR beautiful, believe them. If someone says UR ugly, don't believe them. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

It's quite simple: If someone says UR beautiful, believe them. If someone says UR ugly, don't believe them.


Quote: I go to the gym at five in the morning and then go do a hike. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I go to the gym at five in the morning and then go do a hike.




Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: I've always idolized people who can write songs. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I've always idolized people who can write songs.


Quote: It's important to stay in this moment right here, the now. This moment is the most important moment of your life. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

It's important to stay in this moment right here, the now. This moment is the most important moment of your life.


Quote: Love yourself. KNOW thyself. And be mindful of your thoughts. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Love yourself. KNOW thyself. And be mindful of your thoughts.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: I'm a pop victim. I love pop music; I love pop culture. I love Olivia Newton-John. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I'm a pop victim. I love pop music; I love pop culture. I love Olivia Newton-John.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Hollywood is an idea. It's not a real place. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Hollywood is an idea. It's not a real place.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.




Quote: If you grow up in show business, you look beyond the looking glass. So, all of the surface facades get broken. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

If you grow up in show business, you look beyond the looking glass. So, all of the surface facades get broken.


Quote: Sharon Needles. Did I meet you at the free clinic? by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Sharon Needles. Did I meet you at the free clinic?


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Everyone has a really short attention span, and you have to bombard them with content, content, content. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Everyone has a really short attention span, and you have to bombard them with content, content, content.


Quote: I love Ashford and Simpson, and I love the Brothers Gibb. They are amazing. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I love Ashford and Simpson, and I love the Brothers Gibb. They are amazing.


Quote: We are all doing drag. Every single person on this planet is doing it. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

We are all doing drag. Every single person on this planet is doing it.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: Drag queens have always taken on that role of spilling the tea -- and the tea is the emperor has no clothes! by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Drag queens have always taken on that role of spilling the tea -- and the tea is the emperor has no clothes!




Quote: My spiritual practice reminds me of what's really real, what's really hood. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

My spiritual practice reminds me of what's really real, what's really hood.


Quote: My music is a reflection of what I really love to listen to, pop, dance, mid tempo dance and ballads. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

My music is a reflection of what I really love to listen to, pop, dance, mid tempo dance and ballads.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: Life's journey -- it unfolds for you as you are ready for it. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Life's journey -- it unfolds for you as you are ready for it.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: I love dancing. I have always loved to dance. It's the way the human spirit gets aroused. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I love dancing. I have always loved to dance. It's the way the human spirit gets aroused.


Quote: Style is a celebratory expression of your life force. You must approach it with a sense of joie de vivre. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Style is a celebratory expression of your life force. You must approach it with a sense of joie de vivre.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Actually, it does start with you -- if you want to change the world, change yourself. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Actually, it does start with you -- if you want to change the world, change yourself.


Quote: If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else? by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?


Quote: Life is about using the whole box of crayons. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Life is about using the whole box of crayons.


Quote: I think this life is hard without assistance from others. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

I think this life is hard without assistance from others.


Quote: Negativity is basically laziness. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Negativity is basically laziness.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Negativity is basically laziness. It takes a lot of hard work to remain positive, but positivity always pays off.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: It's been important to cultures throughout history with the court jester and the witch doctor and the shaman -- all preach the same thing. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

It's been important to cultures throughout history with the court jester and the witch doctor and the shaman -- all preach the same thing.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: 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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

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.


Quote: My number one tip for all people, not just drag queens, is false eyelashes, which make every look go from daytime to glamazon! by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

My number one tip for all people, not just drag queens, is false eyelashes, which make every look go from daytime to glamazon!


Quote: The world is your catwalk, so just remember this when you're out there. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

The world is your catwalk, so just remember this when you're out there.


Quote: When the going gets tough, the tough reinvent. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

When the going gets tough, the tough reinvent.


Quote: Wyoming -- God bless you in Wyoming -- it's very boring, and it's the most isolated place on Earth. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Wyoming -- God bless you in Wyoming -- it's very boring, and it's the most isolated place on Earth.


Quote: Anna Wintour is a very smart woman. She's a Scorpio, like me. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Anna Wintour is a very smart woman. She's a Scorpio, like me.


Quote: '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. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of RuPaul quote: '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.- black text on quotes background

'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.


Quote: If you look at their voting habits and their eating habits, you realize people are stupid. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

If you look at their voting habits and their eating habits, you realize people are stupid.


Quote: Ego loves identity. Drag mocks identity. Ego hates drag. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

Ego loves identity. Drag mocks identity. Ego hates drag.


Quote: When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

When you become the image of your own imagination, it's the most powerful thing you could ever do.


Quote: The number one taboo for boys is to be feminine, so for someone to not only override their internal directive but society's directive is mind-boggling and heroic. It's courageous. by author RuPaul overlaid on photo of photo of author RuPaul with quote

The number one taboo for boys is to be feminine, so for someone to not only override their internal directive but society's directive is mind-boggling and heroic. It's courageous.


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