What many people love about RuPaul is how he genuinely loves the people he does business with. He met many up-and-comers like himself during his early days in New York and has maintained those relationships despite his insanely huge amount of success. When Ru first met makeup artist Mally Roncal in the early 90s, neither of them would have ever guessed that they’d launch a makeup line together.
But that’s exactly what happened in 2019. The two collaborated to create a special QVC-exclusive line of makeup under Roncal’s company, Mally Beauty. Ru and Mally’s collection embodies the sense of fun and play that both Mally and RuPaul have. Their goal was to create lively but wearable palettes and products that can work for every day or a night out.
Everybody, Stay Calm
Taylor Swift wrote her song “You Need to Calm Down” (2019) with the intention of making it a queer anthem. Although some people had mixed feelings about it, the song solidified her position as an ally of the LGBTQ+ community. The music video is a fun mash-up of famous queer icons, including the “Queer Eye” Fab 5 and Billy Porter. RuPaul took part in the music video by playing himself during an impromptu drag queen pageant.
RuPaul walks by the girls in the pageant carrying a crown on a velvet red pillow. The whole situation is pretty ironic, considering that RuPaul herself is the Queen of Drag. Ru starred in T-Swift’s music video alongside “Drag Race” alumni such as Tatianna, Jade Jolie, and Trinity the Tuck.
Grace and Frankie and RuPaul
In the post-Drag Race era of his career, RuPaul has come back with a vengeance. That means lucky fans get to see him in a lot more guest star and cameo appearances on their favorite shows. He had a special guest star role in the fifth season of the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” in 2019. Fans ate it up.
RuPaul starred alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin for two episodes. He played the buyer of Jane and Lily’s home, which their fictional children try to sell without their consent. Hilarity ensued, solidifying “Grace and Frankie” as an iconic show among queer fans.
“The Queen” of Netflix… Kind Of
In 2020, RuPaul decided to branch out from his “Drag Race” hosting duties by starring in an original Netflix series. The show, called “AJ and the Queen,” starred RuPaul as Ruby Red, a down-on-her-luck drag queen who is touring the US to recoup her lost life savings. Ruby Red becomes buddies with AJ, a preteen orphan she finds secretly stowed away in her old van.
The comedy series got mixed reviews from critics and viewers. While many fans loved the show, it wasn’t enough to convince Netflix to renew the show for a second season. Not everything RuPaul touches turns to gold, and that’s okay. Despite the show being around for only one season, RuPaul tweeted that he loved working on it.
The Fracking Controversy
Environmentalists and some fans were shocked when RuPaul shared more details about his husband’s 60,000-acre ranch in Wyoming. During a 2020 interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air” program, RuPaul explained that he and his husband don’t do any actual farming on their property. Instead, they lease it out for grazing. Oh, and they just happen to sell water and lease out mineral rights to oil companies.
Yup, RuPaul implied that he is involved in the fracking business. While environmentally-conscious fans were concerned, Ru and Georges’ fellow Wyomingites were not shocked. Apparently, ranch owners in the area are kind of forced into leasing their land to oil companies due to complicated mineral rights laws. RuPaul may not spend a lot of time on the ranch, but he’s definitely profiting.