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RuPaul says his show “speaks to the dreamer”

CBS This Morning (Broadcast)May 8, 2019

In more than two decades, RuPaul has appeared in more than 50 movies and television shows, recorded a duet with Sir Elton John, and become the three-time Emmy-winning host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Now in its 11th season, contestants compete on the reality show for the title of America’s next drag superstar. RuPaul joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss his legacy and the latest season.

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Is ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ the Most Radical Show on TV?

New York Times MagazineJanuary 24, 2018

On a soundstage deep in the hills of Los Angeles one morning last August, RuPaul Charles and several drag queens made their way to a set that had been transformed into a simulacrum of the reality-TV show “The Bachelor.” Lacy strands of lights dripped down plastic boxwood hedges, and a row of white fluted columns framed a velvety red strip of carpet. A hot tub bubbled quietly in a corner. The contestants arranged themselves onto a set of bleachers to be appraised by the dashing bachelor, who in this scene was played by the actor Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, best known for his role on the Lifetime television drama “UnREAL.” They were filming the latest season of the reality competition show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and the day’s challenge was meant to showcase the competitors’ acting abilities. The challenge, called “The Bitchelorette,” was a parody of the farcical dynamics that play out on “The Bachelor” each season. The goal was not to win Bowyer-Chapman’s heart but rather to see who could perform — satirize, really — stereotypes of femininity with enough humor to impress the judges.

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RuPaul: ‘Drag is a big f-you to male-dominated culture’

The GuardianMarch 3, 2018

When RuPaul Charles was seven, one of his sisters comforted him with a promise. “Everyone who’s in charge of the world now,” she told him, “they’re all making it better, so that years from now everyone on the planet will have at least eight pairs of shoes.” Her prediction tells us something about the better world a young RuPaul dreamed of – and that, in the case of his own shoe collection, at least, turned out to be true. Before the boy was even born, a psychic had told his mother he would grow up to be famous, so she took great care to name him suitably. What neither his unusually prescient family – nor a single TV pundit – predicted, however, was that at the age of 57 he would be the star of what has been called “the most radical show on TV”.

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Oprah Talks to RuPaul About Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Fabulous

O, The Oprah MagazineFebruary 2018

At roughly seven feet tall—when you count the stilettos and altitudinous wig—RuPaul is a dazzling, ebullient tornado of fierceness. But what’s more impressive is his multi-decade career, during which he’s brought drag to the mainstream. His Emmy-winning, eminently quotable show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, is scheduled to begin its tenth season this spring; he has released 11 dance-pop albums; and he was the first drag queen to land a cosmetics campaign (with MAC). He’s also preached a gospel of self-love and tolerance that has permeated American culture: Even your mother is probably using the phrase “You better work” by now. Fascinated by his ability to defy categorization and spark vital conversation about identity, Oprah sat down with the 57-year-old for a much-needed kiki—a laugh-filled chat between friends.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/inspiration/oprah-talks-to-rupaul#ixzz5AK01wpSo

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RuPaul Is Everything: The Rise & Reign of America’s First Drag Superstar

Out MagazineAugust 30, 2017

The elevator doors open to the fourth floor of World of Wonder studios. I’m half an hour early, but RuPaul is already there, in his plaid coral-and-aqua Mr. Turk suit, engrossed with his iPad. A part of me wants to scurry back into the elevator—the domineering image of Mama Ru from nine seasons of his titular Drag Race writ large on my imagination—but finding the appropriate nerve, I introduce myself, extending a hand in greeting. He shakes it for a second, before letting his shoulders collapse in disappointment.

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