‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: RuPaul Explains His Famous Saying ‘We’re All Born Naked and the Rest Is Drag’

The most famous drag queen in the world is RuPaul. He’s a huge influence on LGBTQ culture and the drag art style. RuPaul’s Drag Race has brought this art into the mainstream, which has also continued to grow his brand. The television reality show’s international spinoffs have even embraced the mannerisms and sayings that RuPaul is famous for. He once explained the meaning behind the famous phrase, “We’re all born naked and the rest is drag.”

RuPaul is famous for catchphrases

'RuPaul's Drag Race' host RuPaul at Vanity Fair's 6th Annual New Establishment Summit wearing a black suit
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RuPaul’s Drag Race has a whole lot of banter. The judges’ panel is constantly reciting puns and jokes as the queens walk down the runway. His best friend and recurring judge on the show, Michelle Visage, joins in on his fun and has some jokes of her own. However, the host’s humor takes the spotlight throughout the show. Some of them are instantly understandable. However, others come across more as inside jokes.

RuPaul has several other famous sayings and catchphrases. He talks about the “inner saboteur” every season, which is the part of people that seeks to sabotage their success and confidence. RuPaul’s Drag Race has even had runway challenges designed around the idea. However, not all of the catchphrases are so serious. “All tea, all shade” is another quote that RuPaul can be heard saying. The famous drag queen isn’t afraid to throw his humor into interviews as well.

RuPaul explains the saying ‘We’re born naked and the rest is drag’

Vanity Fair interviewed RuPaul about the more personal aspects of his life, career, and drag persona. Some of the questions include asking about his relationship with his partner, but others dig deeper into some of the concepts that RuPaul’s Drag Race fans are likely more familiar with. He gave a firm explanation of what his most famous saying means.

“I’ve famously said, ‘You’re born naked and the rest is drag,'” RuPaul said. “What that means is that we are all more than just what it says we are on our driver’s license. Or, what it says we are in our job description. We are actually, in reality, an extension of the power that created the whole universe. Can you handle it?”

Drag has a deeper meaning

RuPaul’s Drag Race has shown the deeper meaning behind the art form. The world has the opportunity to meet new drag queens every season. They come onto the show with their own motivations, history, and experiences. However, they all have a deep meaning behind why they decided to pursue the art form of drag.

RuPaul’s Drag Race has started to catch up with the times. The LGBTQ community and the fandom have criticized the show’s inability to introduce more transgender, non-binary, and other forms of identities. However, 2021 has seen two trans winners with All Stars 6‘s Kylie Sonique Love and Drag Race Holland Season 2’s Vanessa Van Cartier. Hopefully, the show continues to progress with the times.

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