RuPaul and Frances Bean Cobain open up about their iconic photo
In a recent interview with Frances Bean Cobain on RuPaul’s brilliant podcast What’s The Tee? there was more points of connection than one might imagine. The daughter of Nirvana‘s Kurt Cobain and the Mother of drag, RuPaul, have far more history than you might think.
The legendary drag superstar, whose show RuPaul’s Drag Race continues to gather up more and more adoring fans, was a close and personal friend of Frances’ father Kurt and was often around FBC during her early life. One such meeting at the 1993 MTV VMA’s shows garnered a stunning photograph.
The image shows RuPaul trying to calm a tiny, and yet feisty, Frances Bean Cobain while Kurt gently holds her ankle in comfort. “I firmly believe that that photo captures my personality being made,” she said of the image. “You are the reason I am the way I am . . . You were not my only drag queen in my life from a very young age. I had drag nannies. I remember waking up next to a nanny of mine who used to do Miss Piggy-type drag in a red sequin dress and snout askew.”
Obviously, Ru knows the drag queen “Loretta Pig from New York City”, and the conversation continues. As well as a penchant for the performance of drag queens Frances shares a love of music with her late father. Often, when posting her music for people to listen to the comparison with Kurt naturally come up. “If people need that outlet in order to look at my music, or look at my art, and say, ‘It’s just like your dad’—if they need that, that’s O.K.,” she said. “If that’s the association they make, that’s a pretty damn good association; there are worse things to be called.”
It’s a gorgeous exchange and sums up the hoesty and sincereity that both interviewer and interviewee are famed for. Long may it continue.