“Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent”: RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Cultural Politics of Fame

Mercer, John and Sarson, Charlie and Hakim, Jamie (2020) “Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent”: RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Cultural Politics of Fame. Celebrity Studies. ISSN 1939-2397

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When the ceaselessly industrious RuPaul Charles eventually decides to write the next volume of his autobiography, the chapter devoted to the final year of the 2010s will no doubt be narrated as the point at which his triumph as an international media personality was assured; Photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue (an outlet where RuPaul is now routinely a topic for fashion and beauty features) the launch of his own daytime talk show, The RuPaul Show on the Fox Network, a comedy series, AJ and the Queen, commissioned by Netflix, a make-up line with Mally Cosmetics and in 2018 perhaps the most symbolically significant of all, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/19392397.2020.1765079
7 March 2020Accepted
19 May 2020Published Online
Subjects: CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > College of English and Media
Depositing User: John Mercer
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2020 10:06
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 16:17
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9154

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