RuPaul Named One Of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

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Really, does this news even come as a surprise? Folks, RuPaul has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2017 in the icon category.


“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 in a statement.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell profiled Ru for the magazine, saying she’s “blessed” to know him.

Wrote Campbell:

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.

Watch Time’s video project on Ru below.

Other well-known LGBT people to have made the list are actress Sarah Paulson and activist Gavin Grimm, the youngest person on this year’s list.