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It’s been 10 seasons since RuPaul’s Drag Race made its debut in 2009 and since then, the show has switched networks from Logo to VH1, had 127 contestants sashay down the runway, made a name for itself in pop culture history and won back-to-back Emmy Awards for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. For RuPaul, it’s crazy to think how far the series has come.
“It feels like yesterday we started,” he said. “We started in a small studio in Burbank in, I think it was August, and Burbank in August — if people don’t realize — it’s the hottest time. No amount of air conditioning can make it cool, and to do drag in that kind of weather is ridiculous.”
While RuPaul couldn’t say too much about what fans of Drag Race can expect from the upcoming 10th season, he did sum it up in one word: “Young.”
“You know, we’ve said this for years: we’ve said at one point, we will have a season of queens who literally grew up watching our show. It’s been 10 years now and so we have contestants in season 10 who were 10 years old when this show went on television,” RuPaul told THR. “So they are literally the children of Drag Race. It’s a very young and diverse group of girls this season.”
Fans of RuPaul and Drag Race know of the show’s signature saying: “If you can’t love yourself, how can you expect to love anyone else?” And for RuPaul, that’s a personal mantra that he developed years ago, growing up San Diego in the 1970s.
“I had to constantly work everyday on loving myself and remembering what my mission statement on this planet was: to experience life and to love. That’s it, it’s very simple,” he said. “But it’s easy to forget. So every time I tell people to love yourself on television, I’m actually reminding myself at the same time.”
Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres on Thursday, March 22 at 8 p.m.
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