RuPaul Showed Off His Lavish Beverly Hills Mansion To Architectural Digest
In late 2019, RuPaul bought a $13.7 million mansion in Beverly Hills (every last cent was paid in FrackBucks™ [there, I burned my obligatory fracking joke right off the top]). Since then, RuPaul and interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard have completely transformed the “grand but uninspired residence” built in the 80s into a swanky “fever dream of Hollywood regency.” Now, Ru is finally ready to show that shit off to Architectural Digest. Cuz if a celebrity spends a kajillion dollars redesigning their mansion and nobody from Architectural Digest is around to take pictures… does it even exist?
RuPaul gave AD a personal tour of his and his husband Georges LeBar’s home, starting with his fancy-ass foyer, via Architectural Digest:
As for decorative drama, the slay bells start ringing the moment one steps through the front door into a palatial, powdery-rose entry hall featuring a sweeping stairway with serious Mommie Dearest overtones.
What a sentence! Next up is Ru’s “disco room.” This black-and-white room is filled with disco balls, a fancy fireplace, and framed pics of iconic disco artists like Diana Ross and Donna Summer (and also Josephine Baker). Now it’s time to head to the kitchen, which RuPaul describes as “very bold.” It features a fancy orange LaCornue oven. RuPaul says orange is his favorite color. Personally, it’s my least fave, but you do you, Ru.
After the kitchen, it’s time to head on over to the breakfast nook that features a large gold light fixture in the shape of a leaf. Ru shares that it once belonged to Yves Saint Laurent in the 1970s. Then he yammers on about how this house was designed with “community” in mind, and the breakfast nook is where he and his guests play dirty charades. However, in the actual AD article, Ru says this:
“I entertain on television, not at my house. When you live such a public life, you need boundaries,” RuPaul insists, emphasizing his preference for intimate gatherings and small dance parties with close friends.
Up next is the “dining pavilion,” a giant black-and-white circus tent. Ru says this room was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s card room in the movie Boom! (1968). Then Ru takes us to his office, that’s very orange and filled with his Emmy awards. He says he thinks it’s an office Joan Collins would enjoy. RuPaul also shows off another office, his “office workspace,” which sorta looks like a boardroom with a bar. Then there’s his living room. It was inspired by “great lady designers” of the 30s and 40s, such as Dorothy Draper and Elsie de Wolfe.
Finally, it’s time to take us to one of Ru’s massive walk-in closets. The first one he shows off is his menswear closet. It contains a wooden sewing box that once belonged to Ann-Margret. Later in the video, he gives a tour of his drag closet. It has mannequins and tons of jewels and a connected glam room where he gets his hair and makeup done. Here’s Ru’s video tour and some pics from AD:
Disco balls! Inside RuPaul’s Beverly Hills home. (Via Architectural Digest) pic.twitter.com/MiwTd2P0uf
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All those black-and-white stripes and zig zags! Thank god RuPaul hasn’t had a drink since 1999, cuz if your house looked like that when you came home wasted, it would trigger a mean case of vertigo (please note, I do not know how vertigo works).
Pic: Architectural Digest