Oprah Talks to RuPaul About Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Fabulous
By Oprah Winfrey
O, The Oprah Magazine
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.
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