Diana Ross has been inspiring gay men to strap wide curly wigs on their skulls and belt out "Upside Down" for generations. If there's one diva that had shaped the look and sound of drag, it's gotta be her. RuPaul, the queen of drag herself, called Ross out as his "childhood idol" on Twiter, and the diva herself even appeared as his first guest on VH1's The RuPaul Show.
It is actually impossible to be more fabulous than a woman who inspires men to dress like women - the only other star who truly reaches Ross' fab status is Dolly Parton. That is a fact. And Ross still dresses better than her legions of cross-dressing fans.
The Daily Mail reported that just this month, at the Hollywood Bowl, Ross dressed in "waves of taffeta" that "sparked with bedazzled silver stones."
But the former Supreme isn't obviously only idolized by gays, but Motown fans also. Her romance with the label's founder Berry Gordy is shown for all on the Broadway stage in the aptly titled Motown the Musical. She's also still putting out albums, like 2007's I Love You on which she covers tunes by Harry Nilsson and Burt Bacharach, among others.
In a rare interview, Ross told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Music is like love. It feels good. It's about sharing. It's very special. Music is like the heartbeat of our world." And you can feel that fantabulous adoring heartbeat this week when Ross brings her glamor and gravity-defying locks to Hard Rock Live.
Diana Ross. 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 4, at Hard Rock Live, One Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $50 to $105. Call 954-797-5531, or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.