RuPaul has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, which released their annual list of pioneers, icons, leaders, leaders and artists today.
“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,” Time said in a statement.
Ru joins an esteemed list—past honorees include Barack Obama, Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and Lady Gaga.
“Each year our Time 100 list lets us step back and measure the forces that move us,” said Time Editor-in-Chief Nancy Gibbs. “One way or another they each embody a breakthrough: they broke the rules, broke the record, broke the silence, broke the boundaries to reveal what we’re capable of.” .
Ru is profiled in the magazine by none other than Naomi Campbell, who says she’s “blessed” to know him.
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.
From one queen to another—Condragulations!
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 airs Fridays at 8/7c on VH1.