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    Posted on Jun 22, 2017

    This Interview Of RuPaul On "Oprah" From 1995 Has The Advice You Need In 2017

    "Bad weather always passes over. If you could just wait it out, it will pass."

    Before he was snatching Emmys and mainstreaming drag with RuPaul's Drag Race, RuPaul was bravely pushing social norms as a drag entertainer, actor, and singer in the 1990s:

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    In a recently resurfaced interview on Oprah from 1995, Ru opened up about his early journey to success while dishing some wise advice (because it's Mamma Ru), and it's honestly everything you needed to hear in 2017:

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    Ru first opened up about the advice he would give queer youth who were struggling with acceptance from their parents, and how it's all about embracing yourself, then bringing THAT to the party:

    RuPaul: "I say, 'Listen. Find out what it is you have that makes you unique and special, and cultivate that. And bring that out and then bring that to the party.'"

    He dove even further into self-acceptance and explained how we're more than just the flesh on our bodies:

    RuPaul: "I'm many things. In fact, I am even more than this. These bodies that house our souls are really just temporary. It's just flesh. We are so incredible. We are an extension of the power that created the whole universe. And we have to acknowledge that and say, 'Yes. I am that.'"

    But Ru himself even struggled. When Oprah asked him about his late twenties when he battled suicidal thoughts, Re explained how he kept persevering — because he knew "bad weather always passes over:"

    RuPaul: "It was really tough. I mean, it got really dark. One of the things that kept me going through it was knowing that bad weather always passes over. If you could just wait it out, it will pass."

    Ru further discussed how struggles during his late twenties helped him to reassess his career and allowed him to recharge:

    RuPaul: "In fact, it was good for me going back home because I got to recharge my battery and understand what it is I wanted to go out there and do in the first place — I guess my battery had gotten weak. And I got back there and I said, 'You know, I'm special. I'm wonderful. I have a great personality.'"

    When Oprah asked what success means to Ru, well, he had the most perfect answer:

    RuPaul: I think success is something between you and yourself. Only you know where you've come from and how far you want to go.

    If there's one thing we needed the most this year, it was this. ILSM, Ru <3

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