When he was born, cross-dressing was a punishable crime in America. Men had to dress like men, and in New York they could even be arrested for wearing fewer than three pieces of clothing.
Back then it would’ve been unthinkable that a drag artist – a black and gay one at that – would become a household name.
Yet RuPaul Charles has done that and more. He recently made history when he won his 11th Emmy award, the most by a black artist, for his long-running show RuPaul’s Drag Race.