'Drag Race' art pops up in popular US cities


 

Madame Tussauds recently ru-vealed their wax figure of the iconic Drag Race host.

RuPaul personally sat for the model makers, who took over 200 different measurements to make the figure as realistic as possible. He also showed up in Las Vegas last week for the unveiling.

 

 

 

“RuPaul is an icon,” said Brittany Williams, spokesperson for Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to create an exclusive experience that allows guests to playfully interact with one of the most influential people in the world in a way that’s only possible at the world’s greatest wax museum.”

Surprisingly, this is RuPaul’s second time being honored with a wax figure. The first was revealed in 2000 at Madame Tussauds New York and featured RuPaul in drag. For Madame Tussauds, it was their first-ever drag figure.

But RuPaul says his new figure is close to his heart for a different reason. 

“It’s special because I’m doing this one out of drag,” he explained. “This is my male persona, which in recent years has become just as famous as my drag persona.”

Drag Race fanatics can pose for a selfie or two with the wax figure with a visit to the Las Vegas attraction.  

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, a new mural by West Hollywood-based artist Antonio Rael was recently unveiled to the public. 

The colorful spotlights all the queens of the 13th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Even fan favorite queen Kandy Muse and season winner Symone made an appearance at the unveiling and helped celebrate the amazing art piece. 

 

 

 

 

In a statement, Artist Antonio Rael said, “The mural, which took three weeks to complete, was painted freehand and represents not only the queens from Season 13, but also freedom of expression. It’s a huge honor to be a part of this given how much love I have for ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and all that it stands for (and I felt particularly blessed while I was painting as local WeHo residents cheered me on!).”

“I am hoping this mural will encourage people to create and express themselves in their own unique way, and that this art brings joy to people, especially in these trying times,” he continued. “It is just so special to be part of the LGBTQIA community.”

Even more, your visit to the mural site could actually make a difference. According to World of Wonder, VH1 is partnering with the Los Angeles LGBT Center to make a donation for every photo taken in front of the mural.

Visitors can, “upload their photo to their story, reel, or Instagram using the hashtag #DragRaceFYCMural and tag @RuPaulsDragRace and @lalgbtcenter. For each post with the hashtag and tags, VH1 will make a donation, up to a total donation of $5,000, to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.”

The showstopper can be found at 8180 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046, at Melrose and North La Jolla Avenue.

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