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@rupaulofficial was born in San Diego in 1960. His mother, Ernestine Fontinette, who went by Toni, worked in the registrar’s office at San Diego City College. His father, Irving Charles, was an electrician. Toni believed her son would be a star—a psychic told her so before he was born. “The psychic said, ‘It’s a boy, and he’s going to be famous,’ ” RuPaul says. “So I grew up knowing that.” When RuPaul first sashayed into the national consciousness, in 1992, with the release of his single “Supermodel (You Better Work),” there was nobody like him in mainstream culture. By 1994, RuPaul had become the first drag queen to land a major makeup deal, as the face of @maccosmetics in a campaign that declared: “I am the MAC girl.” (“What better way to show the power of makeup than if a six-foot-four black man can look like a supermodel?” he says.) Then came The RuPaul Show on VH1, which ran for 100 episodes and placed him on the cusp of the mainstream. As he explains it now: “I said: I’m RuPaul, Supermodel of the World. And the world said: Yes. You. Are.” The second reign of RuPaul has already lasted twice as long as the first one—and shows no signs of weakening. Tap the link in our bio to read more. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, written by @abbyaguirre, Vogue, May 2019
“Mio padre sapeva che sarei diventata una star.
Il sensitivo gli disse, ‘E’ un ragazzo, e sarà famoso”.
Sono cresciuto sapendo questo.”
Queen RuPaul, risorta ed esplosa dopo i 50 anni.