"It's always important to have toupee tape with you," says actor/producer and seasoned drag queen RuPaul with authority. "Double stick tape is fine, but toupee tape is stronger, and it will cover a multitude of sins!"
The fashion and style maven has seen every fashion emergency there is in his work as a drag queen, costumer, actor and producer of the popular series "RuPaul's Drag Race." The series enters its ninth season on March 24, and kicks off with special guest Lady Gaga. RuPaul recently visited Salon Talks to share fashion tips, his politics and secret to happiness.
"My number one tip for all people, not just drag queens, is false eyelashes, which make every look go from daytime to glamazon! You cut the strip into three pieces, or four pieces, and place each piece on top of your own lash. That way you don't have to fool with getting the strips set, and you don't look crazy!"
Ru also said he knows the key to happiness, after living a unique life where he has often been an outsider and part of the cultural fringe. Not surprisingly, it all starts with looking inside oneself. "Remember to love yourself, and start today," he suggested. "You could start by learning how to meditate. I'm able to look at myself objectively [with meditation]. I can look from the outside and say, what's going on? What are you doing? What's happening with you?"
After years of practice, meditation centered the master performer, and he found peace in the quiet. "That stillness, that quiet, is the source. That's the key — the first step in learning to love yourself."