Well known for her 1993 chart topping release Supermodel, RuPaul Charles is still going on strong as a drag queen, comedian, musician and filmmaker.
RuPaul literally became the first drag queen supermodel after the success of her original hit song “Supermodel” when MAC cosmetics launched their product line and made her their first cover girl. It’s impossible to measure the impact RuPaul’s career has had on gay culture and music as the incredible success of his debut album permanently made drag queens a mainstream fixture in films, movies, music and television. As RuPaul says in the interview, be careful what you put out there because your dreams can come true.
On today’s show we talk to RuPaul from the city of Corpus Christi (birthplace of Selena) about her new film “Starrbooty,” a re-visioning of her 1987 original cult classic inspired by the works of Russ Meyer and John Waters. Back in the day when she was struggling to make it in New York City, RuPaul edited her own movie with two VCR decks and showed them around gay bars in the city.
Now she’s doubled her cock budget, brought on some fancy lights and cameras, but “Starrbooty” is a film true to its original spirit of drag queen mayhem and fun. Don’t expect good acting here or believable plots, just a lot of over the top drag queens, blacksploitation references and huge cocks.
Listen as RuPaul goes back, back BLACK to her roots to talk about about her early years in Atlanta Georgia, the costs of superstardom, her jousts with celebrities, being a lady in a man’s world, and the controversy surrounding her friendship with blackface comedian Shirley Q Liquor.
You don’t want to miss this show!
RuPaul’s new movie, Starrbooty, a re-visioning of her 1987 original cult classic is showing at Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival this Wednesday at 8pm at the Lakeshore Theater. RuPaul will be there in person after the screening to answer your questions, and a After-Party at Goose Island brewery will take place after the show. Get your tickets now, as seating is limited and the event is expected to sell out. Click here to buy tickets to the screening or the screening and the after-party. See you there!
If you can’t make it to the movie, RuPaul will also be signing her DVD at Circuit Nightclub in Chicago the following night, Thursday November 15th.
Starrbooty (2007), directed by Mike Ruiz: Buy it on Amazon