RuPaul becomes first drag queen to get Hollywood Walk of Fame star
RuPaul has become the world’s first drag artist to be recognised with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The 57-year-old host of RuPaul’s Drag Race said he was “overcome with so much emotion” to get the honour he’d dreamed of since he was a child.
“This is absolutely the most important moment in my professional career,” the television personality said.
He appeared to accept the award with his husband Georges LeBar, three sisters and high school teacher, who he cites as his inspiration, Bill Pannell.
Legendary actress, fellow Netflix star and supporter of LGBT rights Jane Fonda officially presented him with the accolade.
Fans lines the streets for hours waiting to catch a glimpse of RuPaul, many of them thanking him for making drag mainstream.
“As a kid we’d come up here to Hollywood Boulevard,” he said as he received the star.
“I’d look at all the stars and dream that one day, I could be one of the stars on Hollywood Boulevard.
“I feel like I’m being knighted.”
Oscar winner Fonda said getting to know him has been “one of the big pleasures of my life” and that it “should be at least three sizes bigger than any other star”.
“He created an industry that has given hundreds and hundreds of jobs and dreams to so many.”
It’s not the first honour for the queen of drag in recent days.
Earlier this week he welled up as he received a personal message from his idol Judge Judy.
The Drag Race star admitted that he was blown over by the message from a woman he considers a role model.
He likened the message to being told he had done well at life by his own mother.
The interview was for CBS Sunday Morning program interview in which he spoke about his career, his family and the impact of Drag Race on young people.
In the recorded message Judge Judy said: “When I think about RuPaul, I think about three words, ‘talented’, ‘brave’ and ‘always honest’,” the Judge said in the message.
“He knows who he is, he understands life, so I’m glad you’re celebrating him this morning.”
Overcome with emotion watching the video, RuPaul appeared to struggle to stay composed.
“To hear someone I respect like this, say that to me is like hearing my mom say ‘you done good kid, you done real good’,” RuPaul said after he watched the message.