September 6, 2012 |
RuPaul became famous for his over-the-top drag performances and later, his VH1 show, "RuPaul's Drag Race. " But recently, the 51-year-old performer has turned his focus inward, embarking on a hiking regimen in his hometown of Los Angeles that, he says, has changed his life physically, emotionally and spiritually. We talked to him about what making that change was like, and the impact it's had on his life. How did you get into hiking? It started when I quit smoking. I was around 40, and I knew that I needed to get out of the house and occupy myself.
January 31, 2010 |
Drag queens sashay down the runway, lip-syncing to RuPaul's "Main Event," escorted by their drag mothers. The mother-daughter fashion show has begun, and immediately we realize: we've never seen anything like this on TV. The mamas are only mommies for a day -- older gay men plucked out of their quiet lives to be transformed into drag queens as part of a reality show challenge. They've never worn heels, makeup or dresses. And a test it is. Heels prove a giant obstacle for a couple of "mothers" who have trouble walking in their own shoes because of disabilities.
December 19, 1997 |
RuPaul can't really sing, he's merely an adequate dancer, and his songs are generic dance music at best. What the pop world's most famous cross-dresser does have in abundance is sheer chutzpah, but not even that could save his lackluster set at Billboard Live on Wednesday. For an artist who revels in the trappings of glitz and glamour--just check out his outrageously over-the-top videos--RuPaul's stage show is shockingly short on pomp.
June 7, 1995 |
RuPaul, the darling of drag, the erstwhile Queen of Manhattan, is craning his swan-like neck to see who's lurking about West Hollywood's Argyle Hotel bar. The funny thing is, nobody's looking back, even though RuPaul is in drag. Male drag, that is. Instead of his signature Ivana-esque wig, RuPaul's shiny pate is shielded by a baseball cap, his lanky frame covered in denim and khaki. His eyes are obliterated behind sunglasses despite the failing light.
March 2, 2012 |
Life's a drag, but if we're talking about Los Angeles after dark, that's a good thing. The city's drag show scene, once a closeted affair hidden in dive bars, now sells out theaters and pulls in straight crowds. During the last 20 years, female-impersonator shows in L.A. have become more than dressing like Cher and lip-syncing "Believe. " "Performers are real singers and real writers," says Jon Imparato, director of cultural arts at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. "It's become an art form.
June 21, 1995 |
RuPaul, the darling of drag, the erstwhile Queen of Manhattan, is craning his swan-like neck to see who's lurking about the Argyle Hotel bar. The funny thing is, nobody's looking back, even though RuPaul is in drag. Male drag, that is. Instead of his signature Ivana-esque wig, a baseball cap shields RuPaul's shiny pate, and his lanky frame is covered in denim and khaki. His eyes are obliterated behind sunglasses despite the failing light.