Mama continues to amaze. Along with the hit TV shows, the Emmys, the fab new Beverly Hills house and the new Netflix Series, AJ and the Queen, here comes a Vanity Fair cover story. Nothing says you’ve arrived like that, except maybe going to the Vanity Fair party with your Best Actor (Actress?) Oscar in hand.
RuPaul gives VF the 411,
“A superficial aspect of drag is mainstream. Like, the ‘Ooh, girl’ or ‘Hey girlfriend!’ or ‘Yaaas.’ That’s mainstream culture.
But true drag really will never be mainstream. Because true drag has to do with seeing that this world is an illusion, and that everything that you say you are and everything it says that you are on your driver’s license, it’s all an illusion. Most people will never in their lives understand what that is. Because they don’t have the operating system to understand that duality.
Everything the world says you are on your driver’s license, it’s all an illusion.
“I love that scene in The Matrix where you see the countless [rows] of people living their lives in a pod, but they’re dreaming about this other world. That is such a powerful picture. I think most people have the ability to understand that but dare not go there. Because then they would be forced to deconstruct their whole belief system and build another one. Building a new belief system and then maintaining it is a tall order. A lot of times it means you have to leave your family and friends behind. Because they’re not gonna get it.”
See the fab Annie Leibovitz pics and read the full story here or on your newsstand.
(Photos, Annie Leibovitz, Beth Dubber/Netflix; via Vanity Fair)