From Out Magazine
RuPaul Says Only ‘Superficial’ Part of Drag Has Gone Mainstream
But it was enough to put her on the cover of 'Interview' magazine.
AUGUST 19 2019 2:07 PM EDT
Finally! The RuPaul cover she deserves.
Though she missed out on the Vogue cover she rightfully deserved — we said what we said! — Mama Ru is on the cover of Interview magazine this month wearing her frequent collaborator Zaldy. She is nipped and tucked in a perfectly orange wig, which is a refreshing color change from what we typically see on her namesake show RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Which, funny we mention that: today, World of Wonder and VH1 announced that there will be a Drag Race season 12 and a Drag Race All Stars season 5. Sis we been knew! This will join other Drag Race projects coming down the pipeline like Drag Race Canada and UK, the latter of which debuts in October. We could tell you how much we need a break from the show but you get the picture. But back to the Interview cover.
Ru looks stunning which is very little surprise, and in a chat with her good friend Judge Judy, she talks about many of the things she talks about in every interview. She hits on her relationship with her cowboy husband — “We see each other about every three weeks. But, you know, we’re adults. We can handle it.” — and her thoughts about drag at large.
“My vision of drag is that we’re all born naked and the rest is drag,” reciting one of her now infamou Ru-isms to the Judge.“It’s kind of an existential vision, and it has to do with breaking the fourth wall and seeing yourself from outside of yourself. That’s my drag. But the drag that’s become popular with young people around the world is the surface part of the experience, like, “Oh, pretty makeup. I like her outfit.” So I don’t think drag itself has become mainstream. The superficial part of it has, but the deeper message, which is that we are all extensions of the power that created the universe, is the part that’s not there yet.” Some points were made.
The cover comes as the star is gearing up for the release of her latest project AJ and the Queen where she plays a parent to an 11-year-old child. She calls it “the most challenging thing for me as an actor and as a human.” And all of this before she essentially says that it might take another World War to get society on the right track.
“America is still a young country,” she said. “After those world wars in the 20th century, people understood the value of peace and civility. Maybe it’ll take something horrible like that for people to get back to the basics of understanding that we’re all in this together.”
Well … that’s an option I guess.