>• The cross-dressing diva, 48, counsels nine drag-queen hopefuls on the Logo reality series RuPaul’s Drag Race.

IS AMERICA READY FOR THIS? These past eight years, drag has really gone underground. But now our country is opening up to hope, beauty and joy.

ARE YOU A REALITY FAN? The only reality show I’ve ever been hooked on is Judge Judy! She reminds me of my mom.

ON THE SHOW, YOU APPEAR BOTH IN AND OUT OF DRAG. WHICH DO YOU LIKE MORE? Drag isn’t comfortable at all! I only do it if I am being paid. But I still change clothes three times a day. I like to dress up. Always have.

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