Next weekend in Atlanta at the gorgeous Fox Theater, legendary drag performer RuPaul will receive Clik Magazine's Icon award.
RuPaul first hit the scene in 1992 with her international hit Supermodel . The beat was infectious, but the sight of a seven foot tall black drag queen on national television was alarming to some and the beginning of a revolution for others.
In the early 90's Americans were just starting to acknowledge publicly that gay people were apart of the American culture, however there was almost always a white face attached to "gayness", and then there was RuPaul.
I can remember staying up late to watch her on The Arsenio Hall Show, I was amazed at her beauty and her courage to live life openly and on her own terms. In a community where we put so much emphasis on the black man owning his masculinity, (sometimes to our own detriment) here was RuPaul on national TV in full drag and looking fierce!
How many drag queens can you say have topped the Billboard Charts, hosted her own show on VH1, signed a lucrative deal as the face of MAC cosmetics, and earned respect and fans all over the world? Not many.
RuPaul always shares a message of self love whenever she speaks in public and I think this statement is so true, ""Learn to love yourself, 'cuz if you can't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?"
Rupaul, a true gay icon.