Yesterday, RuPaul sat down with Terry Goss to discuss life, identity, success, and everything from Bowie to Warhol on NPR’s Fresh Air.
Some topics included:
How his mother influenced his punk sensibility
“She loved me so much, and she was so proud of the fact that I was gonna do my own thing. So it was a very punk rock approach to life, and I got that from her. She famously says, ‘If they ain’t paying your bills, pay them no mind.'”
The nightclub scene in the Village in New York in the late ’80s
“We were the children of Warhol. We were the children of David Bowie. And all things were possible. There was a club scene. And back then there were so many clubs.”
On why drag queens model themselves after the icons like Cher, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross
“I’ll tell you exactly what it is: It is that they embody both strength and vulnerability. And that is what the child in you, in me and everyone listening remembers, deep in the recesses of your consciousness.”
Listen to the insightful and inspiring interview below.