Legendary drag star, RuPaul, is Vanity Fair‘s December cover star.
It should come as no surprise that RuPaul slayed his very first Vanity Fair cover.
The story features photographs from iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz, who snapped RuPaul in several custom Zaldy outfits (the drag star’s longtime design collaborator).
In the full cover story by Richard Lawson, RuPaul discusses drag’s role in the world and how it has changed as an art form over the past decade. The Emmy-winning TV host also dishes on how drag has been elevating consciousness around the globe:
“I love that scene in The Matrix where you see the countless [rows] of people living their lives in a pod, but they’re dreaming about this other world. That is such a powerful picture. I think most people have the ability to understand that but dare not go there. Because then they would be forced to deconstruct their whole belief system and build another one. Building a new belief system and then maintaining it is a tall order. A lot of times it means you have to leave your family and friends behind. Because they’re not gonna get it.”
News of RuPaul’s Vanity Fair cover broke just after the drag superstar unveiled that he’ll be starring in a new comedy series for Netflix called AJ and the Queen.
See the full cover below: