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RuPaul: Drag confuses people

RuPaul thinks most people “miss the message” he tries to get across as a drag queen.

The 54-year-old has been dressing like a woman for decades. He now has a hit TV show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, but despite his success he admits a lot of people still don’t get it.

“My drag has confused people because I look so god**n good," he said in an upcoming episode of the online docu-series It Got Better. “Most people miss the message. It's not something to be taken seriously. It's just a costume that you wear."

It Got Better was inspired by the It Gets Better Project, formed to prevent suicide among LGBT youth. Coming out and coming of age are a couple of the topics that the web series also chronicles. In RuPaul’s he explains the definition of drag queen, which is also defined by GLAAD as a man who dresses like a woman "for the purpose of entertainment". He clarifies that it is not the same as transgender, meaning that, unlike Caitlyn Jenner, he does not have a desire to transition from male to female, and that is where the confusion can lie for people.

RuPaul is the latest in a line of celebrities to take part in the online series. Last month Arrested Development actress, Portia De Rossi opened up about her battle with bulimia when she was growing up. The 42-year-old, who is married to Ellen DeGeneres struggled with her body image as a young model.

“I felt tremendous responsibility when I was 12 years old, and I was put on a catwalk. My modelling agents had told me to go on a diet. So I didn't eat for 10 days before then," she explained.

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