RuPaul celebrates ‘Drag Race’ win at the Emmys

“Young RuPaul, don’t take life too seriously. It’s important for you to understand that this is a gift,” he said. “Don’t co-opt certain negative ideas that other people have,” he said. “Pay no attention to all the noise. Follow your heart, kiddo, and you’re going to be just fine. You’re going to be snatching trophies, hun!”

“We’re living in a country that’s very divided right now,” Charles said. “Our show adds a little relief for the outsider. We celebrate people who dance outside the box…those stories need to be told.”

Surrounded by about 20 of his creative staff on the show, RuPaul said it’s the intersection of entertainment and touching stories on “Drag Race” that helps it resonate with audiences.

“We started out this show to celebrate the art of drag, and in doing so, we brought along a bunch of kids who had varied backgrounds,” Charles said. “These kids bring their courage and their stories, and that’s where the heart is.”

Charles also took time to offer up some advice to his younger self.

Dressed in a white tuxedo emblazoned with the Statue of Liberty, a fabulous RuPaul Charles was ecstatic after snagging the first Emmy win over the 10 season run of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in the reality competition category. Backstage in the Emmys press room, the entertainer spoke about the wider message of the series.

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