RuPaul is an icon. That word gets flung around with ease these days, long removed from its religious etymology. But in the modern sense—the one that connotes cultural importance—the drag superstar with a decades-long career as a pop-culture provocateur more than fits the bill. On March 24 at 8 p.m. on VH1, RuPaul’s Drag Race, his flagship drag-queen competition series, will kick off its ninth season, which promises to be the splashiest one yet—complete with a premiere episode appearance from Lady Gaga.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the mononymous star discussed the Gaga appearance, as well as the words he’s tired of hearing in audition tapes, and why Donald Trump is basically a used car salesman.