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RuPaul dedicates Emmy to late Drag Race star Chi Chi DeVayne

‘May you rest in power and perfection’

Last month, it was with great sadness that we reported on the death of drag icon and RuPaul’s Drag Race star Chi Chi DeVayne, who passed away after contracting pneumonia. 

At the time, tributes flooded in from fellow Drag Race queens, and now RuPaul has dedicated her latest Emmy win – the fifth consecutive time she’s snatched Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Programme – to DeVayne. “I’d like to dedicate this Emmy to one of my girls, Chi Chi DeVayne. May you rest in power and perfection,” Ru said in a pre-recorded video on the show’s main stage. 

Elsewhere in the acceptance speech, the host urged her fellow Americans to vote in the upcoming US election on November 3. “Make this your ringtone,” she jokes, before telling viewers: “The time has come, for you to vote for your life!

The drag legend also mused on her journey to becoming a multiple Emmy winner. “I've always said, every time I bat my false eyelashes, I'm making a political statement. Well, tonight, the only political statement I want to make is this: love,” she said. “Love for our LGBT brothers and sisters, love for black queens and brown queens, and love for the United States of America, where a little gay boy with nothing more than a pussy-cat wig and a dream can build an international platform that celebrates sweet, sensitive souls everywhere.”

Watch the full speech below.