The most well-known drag queen on the planet, RuPaul, has collected three Emmys for internet hosting the truth competitors “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and is a singer and creator besides. His newest e-book, “GuRu,” a set of essays with a ahead by Jane Fonda, was simply printed by Harper Collins.
RuPaul Andre Charles and his husband, Georges LeBar, break up their time between New York, California and their Wyoming ranch, a peripatetic life-style that RuPaul has embraced ever since he was a youngster. “I packed a bag after I was 15 years outdated and I’ve by no means unpacked it,” he stated. “I knew from day one I used to be going to hit the street and by no means cease.”
A latest trip noticed the couple zipping across the West. “We stayed for 3 nights on the Lodge California, which is totally fabulous. It’s designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, whom I’ve identified for about 24 years, and it’s so attractive. After which we employed an air taxi to take us to Las Vegas the place we stayed on the Mandarin Oriental.” Vegas, he says, “is fabulous if you understand how to do it. Two nights is the restrict.” Moderately than hit the casinos, “we store on the Crystals purchasing middle, and eat, and see exhibits and do zero playing.”
RuPaul is a minimal packer, however he does store when he travels, typically delivery the garments he buys house, or to his subsequent vacation spot, slightly than packing them. He doesn’t examine baggage ever, as a result of, in his phrases, “Ain’t no one acquired time for luggage declare.”
Right here’s what he packs for each journey.
“You simply by no means know. It may be used for thus many issues, not simply with the wardrobe malfunctions. I take advantage of it generally as a tie clip if I don’t have a tie clip, or generally I’ll put it behind a pair of earrings if the backing doesn’t match. Anyway, it’s simply a kind of MacGyver methods, that you must at all times have some double-stick tape.”
“I’ve discovered over these 45 years of touring that you just actually simply want some lounge garments to put on across the resort. That could possibly be a observe swimsuit that you can additionally, in a pinch, put on right down to Starbucks within the morning. After which a swimsuit. I’ve this outdated Prada swimsuit that doesn’t wrinkle and I put on it like a pair of denims. Spring, summer time, winter, fall, it’s at all times good. Put on it with a black button-down shirt after which pack a white button-down shirt, with a pair of Gucci loafers and child, you’re set for something!”
“In each bag I’ve my doTERRA On Guard. It’s an important oil. It heightens your immune system. It’s what they name a ‘protecting mix,’ you place some beneath your tongue otherwise you put it on the palm of your palms, and rub it and it retains you from getting sick. So it’s one other approach to stave off all of the stuff you are available in contact with when touring.”
“I’ll at all times have an eyebrow pencil as a result of more often than not I shave off my brows, so I can paint them on correctly. However after I’m out of drag, I’ll have one other pencil the place I can emulate pure brows. I do it very effectively, too. Nobody would know they’re pretend brows.”
Disposable surgical masks
“I like to make use of them if I need a fast disguise. Until I giggle, then folks know who I’m.”
Flashlight and matches
“I at all times, at all times, at all times have a flashlight with me, and matches, at all times. That’s the Boy Scout in me. I’ll go downstairs to Walgreens or CVS and purchase a candle and lightweight a candle, as a result of , there are bathtubs and I wish to gentle a candle. Or simply as a human on this planet, in the event you get stranded someplace, you’re going to wish some water and also you’re going to wish some matches. And a flashlight can be beautiful.”
“My iPad is stuffed with books. Ivana Chubbuck, my appearing coach, has a e-book known as ‘The Energy of the Actor,’ and I’m studying that proper now. I really like the iPad as a result of I can have books and my Golden Ladies episodes on there, and do my banking, and the whole lot on it. However I’m additionally studying ‘Calypso’ by David Sedaris, which is basically, actually fabulous.”