RuPaul Charles has made history time and time again – over his decades-long career, he’s garnered such accolades as accomplished singer, actor, author, Emmy-winning TV host, and iconic drag queen (via rupaul .com). In 1993, RuPaul’s release of the catchy pop anthem “Supermodel (You Better Work)” shocked and wowed the masses, paving the way for generations of drag performers and queer artists in mainstream media, noted The Echo. These days, RuPaul is the creator and host of the reality competition series “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” where he’s considered America’s most famous drag queen, according to Advocate. RuPaul once again made history in 2021, becoming the most awarded person of color in Emmy history with 11 wins (via CNN).
We love RuPaul for his hilarious made-up phrases, long repertoire of dance anthems, and jaw-dropping looks that grace the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” runway week after week. Note that our current obsession is the new season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars.” But with or without makeup, wigs and glamorous dresses, RuPaul preaches the message of self-love and acceptance.
RuPaul’s freckles in full display without a drop of makeup
RuPaul’s iconic painting is award-winning. According to The Wrap, the Drag Race alum and RuPaul’s current makeup artist Raven won an Emmy in 2020 for Outstanding Makeup in a Multi-Camera (Non-Prosthetic) Series category. But even without the makeup magic, RuPaul looks fresh and flawless. Allure posted a photo of the drag queen’s no-makeup mug, taken from a TikTok RuPaul posted in October 2021.
If RuPaul is recognizable with or without makeup, we did not expect these cheeks covered with freckles! RuPaul’s fresh face shows off the field of freckles that gracefully adorn her perfectly defined cheekbones. Obviously, we need to know what has kept RuPaul fresh and wrinkle-free all these years. Luckily, The Strategist got the inside scoop on some of the TV host’s favorite things, including essential oils and Le Mieux hyaluronic serum. RuPaul swears by the hydrating formula, saying, “Your skin drinks it. It’s fabulous,” according to The Strategist. Add to our Amazon Wish List ASAP!
How RuPaul’s legacy impacted a generation
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” first aired in 2009, running 14 seasons and counting, with spin-offs like “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars” and international branches of the drag racing family. It combines fashion, art, music and all elements of drag performance in a reality competition setting, truly unlike anything seen on TV before. According to Vanity Fair, he “introduced — and, in turn, redefined — an entire art form to the global mainstream.”
RuPaul’s show created a platform that has propelled the careers of more than 200 drag performers, creating a “new path to stardom” for queer performers, according to Queerty. Some drag racing alumni have branched out beyond the “Drag Race” franchise, finding huge success in modeling, music, film, and television. Out reports that ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars’ Season 3 winner Trixie Mattel recently became a real estate mogul, opening Trixie Motel in Palm Springs, Calif., after her career as a drag performer. , country singer and television personality .
RuPaul brought drag, queer art and culture into the mainstream, shining a spotlight on the LGBTQ+ community. Generations of queer people and allies enjoy the “Drag Race” franchise, finding a chosen family among the masses of DragCon fans. Makeup or no makeup, gay or straight, RuPaul says it best: “We were all born naked, and the rest is flirting!” Amen to that, Ru!