Television host and drag queen superstar RuPaul is finally getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles next year, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

“Wow! Just found out! Dream come true,” the 56-year-old performer and host of the eponymous competition reality show RuPaul’s Drag Racetweeted when the news broke on Thursday.

Since 2009, RuPaul has starred as the host of Drag Race, which features drag queens competing for the title of “America’s next drag superstar.” Of course, no matter who wins the season, RuPaul always comes out on top — a 2014 New York Times profile of RuPaul called him “the world’s most famous gender illusionist.”

 

 

RuPaul rules over RuPaul’s Drag Race, a show with a lot of similarities to another Monday night show: WWE Raw.

 

I knew that I would be famous and I knew that I would be a star, but I knew I couldn’t go directly to Los Angeles. I knew, based on my reading Andy Warhol’s Interviewmagazine, that I would have to go to New York, become a downtown superstar, and that would be the way I could transfer into mainstream stardom and get into Hollywood. I’m telling you, I knew this at 12 years old. So I moved to Atlanta when I was 15, went to the School of Performing Arts, worked in my family business [selling used cars] for six years, and then started my act.
No, RuPaul did not immediately become the drag queen you know today. Discovering the city to be a mecca for drag queens, Ru instead developed an interest in using drag as a political statement. He flocked to a sloppy, rebellious style, known briefly (and beautifully) as gender-f—k.

 

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