Spend any amount of time with me and you will quickly learn that I love, respect and adore RuPaul Charles. He's not just the most famous drag queen in the world, he's a cultural icon, businessman, mentor, comedian, singer, entertainer, and a fantastic role model. What can you learn from a world famous drag superstar? Everything darling! Absolutely everything!
Lesson 1: Humanity
Wherever you come from and whatever your struggles, we are all in this life together. Ru is a living example of how you can create a life that you want and reach for your goals. He's not limiting his wisdom to the drag community, or the gay community, or the black community. He speaks a universal language of encouragement and ambition. He exemplifies a kindness and compassion that is lacking in popular culture. You don't see Kim Kardashian walking children in nature. Ok, you might not see Ru doing that either, but you will see him lifting people up when they are down, and setting them straight when they are delusional. He has built his dynasty out of integrity, grit and perseverance. If you can't love yourself, spend some time watching RuPaul.
Lesson 2: Love
If there's one thing that RuPaul doesn't shy away from it's Love. He is constantly telling contestants on RuPaul's Drag Race to be themselves. To love themselves and value their contributions to the world. He knows what it takes to put on a dress and perform, but he also knows how to be vulnerable and real. He's had the same boyfriend for the past 19 years. He makes no excuses about bringing his friends along on his endeavors. He's fiercely loyal and a huge proponent of being present. He can teach you something about love if you're open to it, and isn't that in and of itself the first step...be open to it.
Lesson 3: Fashion & Beauty
RuPaul launched a beauty collection called Glamazon with a company called Colorevolution. It includes a fine-fragrance and ultra-rich pigment cruelty free cosmetics. “Glamazon is for women and men of all ages and preferences who share one thing in common: They are not afraid to be fierce. For me, glamour should be accessible to all, and I am committed to helping the world look and smell more beautiful,” said RuPaul.
Every time RuPaul comes out on stage in drag he is the most remarkable woman I have ever seen. I say to my husband all the time that Ru is more woman that I might ever be. Like a living Barbie Doll, but with a heart, he embodies beauty and glamor. Sometimes when I'm getting ready for an evening out I'll ask myself what would RuPaul do? Because his choices and presentation is simply astonishing. Without fear of being fabulous, you can embody the attributes that are the reflection of who you truly are. Confidence is sexy: get some!
Lesson 4: Business
Ru can and has done everything he's wanted to do. He not only has 6 albums and numerous club anthems and hit songs. He has the makeup and fragrance line. The hit television show, RuPaul's Drag Race, that is challenging convention and a uniquely fabulous brand of entertainment. He has a traveling circus of past drag race contestants that carry his brand and their talent all over the country. He has written multiple books. He has multiple toy dolls. Has a wildly successful acting careering on both the big and small screen. He does a weekly webseries called RuPaul Drives on YouTube. And lately, a fantastic podcast with Michelle Visage called What's the Tee? as well as a candy bar made of milk chocolate, peanut butter & sea salt. I mean...just what CAN'T RuPaul do?
Personally, RuPaul is my hero. As a 43 year old white girl from Pittsburgh, he inspires me to really go for the things I say I want. His laugh is genuine and infectious. And his ambition is a road map for anyone who has ever had a dream.
Thank you Ru for being fearless and for showing the world what it means to be beautiful. Long live the Queen!