RuPaul, who first appeared on the cover of Paper in 1993, is now serving face on the magazine’s very first digital cover.
Shot by Mathu Andersen, RuPaul’s summer cover kicks off a series of online-only covers, features, and galleries “celebrating and supporting the diversity, beauty, resiliency, and humor of the LGBTQ community” through July, according to a release.
“Drag is still not mainstream and it will never be,” he says. “Drag is the antithesis of the matrix and the matrix is a consumer-oriented program. For a consumer storyline to work, you have to have people choose an identity and stick to it so that the matrix can market things to you.”
Ru points to how people once believed Will & Grace would suddenly make society more progressive and accepting. “But no, think again,” he says. “Drag is a performance and that performance is still a threat to the ego because the ego is all about established identity. I think we are headed somewhere interesting. But let me tell you something. It’s not going to be easy and there will be blood.”