Condragulations! RuPaul Named One of TIME's 100 Most Influential People

Taylor Henderson

TIME Magazine just released their 100 Most Influential People list, and our very own RuPaul has nabbed a spot and a feature!

Every year, the 100 Most Influential People list showcases the top leaders, pioneers, artists, and icons of the world. RuPaul slays in the icon category, along with Viola Davis and Simone Biles. "The iconic host, advocate, drag queen, singer, model, actor and author is a trailblazer who continues to break down barriers in a career that spans over 25 years,” said TIME.

RuPaul is profiled by actress and model Naomi Cambell, who talks about RuPaul's impact on her and the world:

"I first met RuPaul in the ’90s, when I was doing a shoot on 14th Street in New York City. As soon as I saw him, I wanted to know where he was going, because that was where I wanted to be.

Ru was different. Not just because he had perfect, precise clothes and makeup, or because he was the only man I knew who could look that good in a wig and heels. There were no rough edges to be found. But as I got to know him better, I got to experience firsthand his wit and his intelligence—he’s like an ­encyclopedia. And his beauty is far beyond skin-deep.

Now, through RuPaul’s Drag Race, which recently premiered on VH1 after eight seasons on Logo, millions more people are getting to know Ru like I do. It’s incredible what he’s done for the drag queens who compete on that show—bringing them out, introducing them to a mainstream audience and letting them be proud of who they are and what they want to be.

I am blessed to know Ru. We all are."

Other notable LGBT+ people (and allies) on The Most Influential People list include Gavin Grimm, Barry Jenkins, and Sarah Paulson.


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