For each of the past nine seasons, RuPaul’s Drag Race has showcased the quest to find America’s next drag superstar. But what began as an unabashed celebration of the art of drag soon became a cultural sensation, as poignant and uplifting stories about the human experience surfaced throughout. From intimately personal revelations to unprecedented representation, and from fierce confidence to touching support, the show is still a beacon for all those who dare to be themselves. Its ebullient and Emmy-winning host, RuPaul Charles, reminds us that it’s possible to find love for ourselves—and others—despite any adversity that life throws our way. In Ru’s words, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” Can I get an amen up in here?
On the verge of the show’s monumental 10th season, the Festival is proud to present a retrospective of this groundbreaking series, featuring incredible moments from the show and a panel discussion with RuPaul; World of Wonder’s Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, and Tom Campbell; and executive producer Pamela Post.
Arguably the most commercially successful drag queen of all time, RuPaul is an actor, a musician, a writer, and the Emmy-winning host and executive producer of RuPaul’s Drag Race. RuPaul shot to international stardom in 1993 after being signed as the first face of MAC Cosmetics, becoming the world’s first drag queen to land a major modeling contract. In 2017, RuPaul was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.