“We’re all born naked and the rest is drag.” As June is LGBT Pride Month, it only seems right to celebrate the Queen of Drag and ultimate LGBT spokesperson, RuPaul. RuPaul is an actor, singer, television personality and drag queen, who has changed the face of drag and opened it up to a global audience, with the popular TV show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has won 3 Emmy Awards. RuPaul is a cultural phenomenon and a force to be reckoned with. He is an advocate for LGBT rights, was the first drag artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has introduced the world to the wonders of drag.
In and out of drag, RuPaul is a symbol of Pride and has shaken up the rules of gender and identity. Time and time again, Ru has told everyone to love themselves, whoever you are and whoever you love - because “if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?!” To celebrate Ru’s legacy and LGBT Pride Month, let’s take a look at RuPaul’s most iconic looks.
The Diva Awards Black and Red Dress
In season 2 of RuPaul’s drag race, Ru was the true winner of the Diva Awards challenge, when she stormed down the runway in a black dress with red silk appliques cascading down her body. The form fitting black dress perfectly accentuated Ru’s body. A big fan of the one shoulder silhouette (much like season 6 winner Bianca Del Rio), Ru glammed up a basic black dress with embellished red floral details, trailing from one shoulder, across the body and down to her opposite hip. Ru isn’t the biggest fan of jewellery, but makes up for it by accessorising her hair - her big blonde ringlet wig was adorned with similar red accents. Shantay you stay.
The Metallic Hooded Dress
Ru got 10’s across the board in her season 4 metallic hooded dress. The platinum dress was a pure futuristic fantasy, with a body hugging silhouette and a foiled hood. From her head to her toes, she was a vision in sparkly platinum and was an ultimate symbol of power. Her blonde wig playfully poked out from the metallic hood in a perfectly curled ringlet, adding even more shaped to her curvaceous body. Serving ‘Grace Jones from the future’ realness, Ru showed that this is how you do drag, girls.
The Snake Green Dress
Green may not be fellow Drag Race judge’s Michelle Visage’s favourite colour, but even she would be crazy not to love this dress. In season 5, Ru wowed in a figure fitting green metallic dress, with matching choker. With one small strap and one long sleeve all the way down to the hand, Ru showed off her figure and wowed in thousands of green sequins. Her signature blonde wig was blown back and she accessorised with a pair of oversized black hoops. You better work.
The Afro Goddess Dress
No one - and I mean no one - could pull off this dress, other than Mama Ru. Season 7 was most definitely the season for some of Ru’s most iconic looks and this afro goddess dress is one of them. Ru wowed everyone in a bodycon dress, with a naked image of herself on it, in gorgeous bright colours. It had an air of disco and the streaked colours gave us a strong graffiti vibe. To top it off, Ru wore a huge white afro and accessorised with colourful headbands and a pair of pink hoops. With this look, Ru showed she was the real Supermodel of the world.
The Gold Dress
Gold is most definitely Ru’s colour and it was so hard to narrow down which of her gold dresses should be on this list. Ultimately, it had to be the gold bow dress from season 7. Ru looked the height of opulence (you own everything) with a gold metallic dress and bow accent. Ru continued her look with a matching bow in her blonde hair, an overly highlighted face, bright red lips and an emerald pendant necklace. This gold dress was also the perfect foreshadow for RuPaul’s Drag Race’s upcoming Emmy win.
In season 10, Ru wore a facekini, which later became a runway themed challenge for season 11. Ru wore an incredible graffiti-esque rainbow coloured gown, with full length metallic blue gloves. Her facekini (which if you hadn’t worked out, is an accessory that covers the whole face) had a tropical floral pattern which was completed with over drawn red lips, metallic choker and matching sunglasses. Her signature blonde hair was pulled back into a sleek, backcombed ponytail.
The Met Gala 2019
The theme for the 2019 Met Gala was camp, so we were surprised to see RuPaul out of drag! Joined by season 7 winner Violet Chachki and season 10 winner Aquaria, Ru hit the red carpet in a colourful striped suit, featuring black, pink, blue and orange. A 30-inch ostrich feather trailed down from one shoulder, with a zebra head and a big sparkly bow tie completed the ensemble. Ru decided to grace the red carpet out of drag and designer Zaldy commented that Ru has the same personality in and out of drag and wanted to show another side to who he is.
Power dressing suits
As mentioned previously, Ru is as powerful out of drag as he is in drag. Ru regularly appears as himself rather than his drag persona in episodes of Drag Race. Every time he does this, he never fails to disappoint, with colourful, patterned and over the top power suits. Ru proves that whoever you are and whatever your style, you can and should play around with fashion and make it your own. Ru - you’re a winner baby!