Designer Jason Wu‘s birthday was yesterday, September 27th (Happy birthday!) Wu first did a RuPaul doll in 2005 but this year he’s launching a new series of RuPaul dolls with Integrity Toys on the eve of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The first doll in the series is Kitty Gurl Pink. Paper magazine asked Wu about the dolls and process…
“When I was 20, I decided I had to make the first RuPaul doll. It was close to 15 years ago, and I have done dolls in miniature Jason Wu clothes for my 10th anniversary last year that were sold at Bergdorf’s. I like the idea of combining my origin with what I’m doing now. I think it’s a nice way to speak to the brand and me and do it in a very personal way. RuPaul’s Drag Race has ushered in a new generation of kids that appreciate the art of drag and the creativity, and not only the craftsmanship skills, the makeup skills, but also just the art of that craft that was really very dormant for a while. You know, after the ’90s, with Wigstock stopping and everything, it went kind of very dormant, in the early 2000s, there wasn’t so much drag around, it just was not popular.
There are people that buy my clothes, that also like to buy a doll to display. The thing about a doll is it’s a pop culture piece, and I think it’s important. We need things like this to teach the next generation where we came from. And I think what’s been amazing is I’m seeing kids, like my friend’s daughter who’s 13, love Drag Race, you know? We’re just opening this world, which is much more than what people make it out to be — it’s highly intelligent, it takes a highly skilled person to be able to do drag, and there is a lot more than a ‘man in a dress.’ And I think in the times we’re in right now, it’s really important that those values are shared.“
You can pre-order your own Kitty Gurl here.