RuPaul Credits Performing for His Mom as Child With Helping Him Deal With Critics

The 'Drag Race' star opens up that his ambition to become a star has begun since he was a young kid when he performed for his mother in their living room.

AceShowbiz - RuPaul has always seen himself as a star. The 62-year-old star drag scene pioneer becomes the face of the multi-million dollar "Drag Race" franchise but explained that, in order to combat any naysayers, he thinks back to when he was a child performing for his mum in their living room, and encouraged others to not care about what anyone else thinks when it comes to pursuing their passion.

"I always saw myself as a star and I always imagined myself having my own show. Whenever I go on stage I say to myself, 'Ru, you're going into Mama's living room.' I used to perform for my mom and that's what helps me overcome nerves about anything, including what people may have said about me," he told UsWeekly.

"What other people say about me is none of my business! Life is tough, there's no way around that but you can arm yourself with knowledge. And to hell with what anyone thinks, you have to do things because you want to and not rely on anyone else for validation."

The TV host went on to explain that in the years since his reality competition - which now airs several international versions - burst onto the screens in 2009 that the concept of drag has become "much more accessible" to a general audience and described the shift as "beautiful."

He added, "Drag has evolved a lot in the last 10 to 20 years. Drag is much more accessible, which is a beautiful thing. Remember, we're all born naked - and the rest is drag!"

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