In a new piece for CNBC, RuPaul discusses the work ethic it took to become the drag icon as well as a Hollywood celebrity, meeting World of Wonder founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and his ultimate secret to success!
On his rise to becoming an icon, RuPaul said to CNBC:
You know, I started out in this business in rock and roll bands and stumbled into drag. Drag just happened to be my vehicle for my creativity. So you know, it’s afforded me the opportunity to create new shows, to make music.
For my tribe, the people I found years ago, we’ve found sanctuary in the irreverent, in the off-center, in the quirky … And that’s how we stay entertained and that’s how we stay engaged in what would otherwise seem to be a really cruel world. A really harsh world.
According to World of Wonder founder Randy Barbato:
The thing about RuPaul is he has always been a star,” Barbato told CNBC. When Barbato and Bailey first met RuPaul, he was putting up posters in Times Square with a picture of himself that read: “RuPaul is everything,” Barbato recalled. “We thought, ‘Oh my god, every minute he is not on television, it is a crime against humanity.'”
From the very beginning, RuPaul’s brand was complete, according to Barbato. The first time he met RuPaul, Barbato said, “He was kind of edgy and dangerous, but completely laser-focused.”