Sunday, February 1, 2009

Happy "National RuPaul Day" Bitches!





Image: Mike Ruiz


Today, at the intersection of Drag History Month and Black History Month, VGL declares the First Annual “National RuPaul Day!”

In honor of drag queen time, RuDay will be observed from 12:00 noon January 31st to 12:00 noon February 1st.

Image: Patrick DeMarchelier

"You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don't care! Just as long as you call me.
Image: Matthew Jordan Smith

RuPaul deserves his own day, and not just cause he’s “Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous”, talented and entertaining. It’s deeper than that. She’s been a fierce force for changing hearts and minds. “America’s Next Top ROLE Model”? You bet.

Image: Greg Henry

RuPaul Andre Charles is a triple-threat. He is gay. He is a black man. He is a drag queen. That’s a lot for straight-white-male-dominated America to fear and loathe; but RuPaul – simply by being herself and doing what he loves – has made an important contribution to helping us finally, slowly begin to emerge from our patriarchal uptightness. We’ve got a long way to go, baby, but Yes We Can!

Detail, "RuBama" Holiday Card by Mathu Andersen

RuPaul’s Holiday 2008 card with longtime collaborator Mathu Andersen is a brilliantly creative step in the right direction. America needs more of this kinda thing.

Image: Mathu Andersen
“Every time I bat my eyelashes it’s a political statement. The drag I come from has always been a critique of our society, so the act is defiant in and of itself in a patriarchal society such as ours. It’s an act of treason.”
Ru’s visibility and popularity challenge traditional beliefs about gender, race, and sexual orientation. What is gay? African-American? Male or Female? She is evidence that there is more than one answer to those questions. How many “square pegs” have found the inspiration and courage to be themselves – be real – because of RuPaul?

Image: Tom Hill

We’re also declaring a National RuPaul Day for his astounding accomplishments as an artist, and for living a creative life in the public eye without hesitation.

1985

She has worn a lot of wigs since her early days as a “genderfuck” drag artist in Atlanta: dancer, filmmaker, author, songwriter, recording artist, performer, DJ, producer, supermodel, talk show host, blogger, mentor, and AIDS activist. RuPaul: Renaissance Woman.

1993

As a recording artist, RuPaul has released nine albums and two tons of singles. Her new album Champion drops this spring. On his blog, Ru says the theme of this album is “stepping up to your throne, owning your power and saying goodbye to playing small. there has been a shift in consciousness socially, politically and spiritually. the time has come for you to be… Champion.” Word.

RuPaul - COVER GIRL


Image: Herb Ritts
Image: Albert Sanchez

RuPaul has shown great instincts in choosing projects and the people she works with.

  • Ru joined forces with the visionary artist/designer Jason Wu to create and dress the “The RuPaul Doll” collection in 2005. Um, 4 years before Michelle Obama chose the designer’s white evening gown for Inaguration Night. Wu also created the brilliant slogan: “99% Plastic. 1% Woman!” for the doll's ad campaign.

The RuPaul Doll™ by Integrity Toys and Jason Wu

  • In the 1980s, she created the character Starbooty and helped realize a no-budget film that became a cult classic; then 20 years later, revived that character, and hired her family of artist-friends to make the most outrageous female superhero movie of all time.
  • RuPaul appeared in the video for the B-52's “Love Shack." Remember when MTV used to play music videos?

  • He was the first drag persona to appear in a global advertising campaign (M.A.C.) and raised millions for HIV/AIDS doing it.
  • The RuPaul Show (VH-1) was the realest variety/talk show ever. Chi Chi LaRue, Tammy Faye, Esther Rolle, John Waters and Vanna White all came to hang with Ru.
  • Ru performed a role on All My Children, wrote an autobiography (with beauty tips) Lettin It All Hang Out and recorded a duet of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Sir Elton John that topped the charts.

RuPaul has lived a lot of life in her 29 (*cough*) years. A lesser Glamazon would have collapsed by now. Not Ru.

Image courtesy: LOGO

She’s superflawless and looking for America’s next top drag superstar in RuPaul’s Drag Race premiering tomorrow night on LOGO (2/2). Expect shade, flying wigs, and glam-our! Envelope edges will be pushed!

Image: Mathu Andersen

There’s at least one more reason we observe National RuPaul Day today (and every January 31st-February 1st from now on) -- RuPaul Andre Charles once ran into Miss Diana Ross on the Concorde between New York and Paris.

Now that’s a fierce drag queen!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

RuPaul.com
The RuPaul Doll
RuPaul’s MySpace Page


RuPaul quotes from a 2007 interview by David Shankbone for WikiNews. Cited under Creative Commons License 2.5.

2 comments:

WickedGayBlog.com said...

OMG, we love and are on board!

Dave, WickedGayBlog

MAC said...

AMEN SISTER!!! ALL HAIL THE QUEEN!!!

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