Social media influencer Bretman Rock praised RuPaul’s Drag Race for breaking down barriers, and Ru himself for being a powerful and positive role model.
As Pride Month celebrations continue around the world, Bretman Rock, winner of the Breakthrough Social Star Award at the MTV Film and Television Awards 2021, she opened up about being loud and proud. Now, you are giving big congratulations to RuPaul’s Drag Race not just to break down barriers, but to create greater visibility and acceptance for every member of the LGBTQIA + community.
Bretman, a Filipino influencer, has a staggering 8 million YouTube fans and 16 million Instagram followers. He praised RuPaul and his wish of “pay it later “ being a positive role model for queer youth. On his Instagram page, Bretman clearly understands the significance of his MTV win, proudly stating: “If there is something about me, I will always understand the task.”
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In an extensive interview with ME!, Bretman praised Endurance race. “Drag Race was, like, my outing and finally being able to see myself on TV and that was through Manila Luzon, who was a contestant on Drag Race.” he said. “Manila was the first Asian queer person I saw on the mainstream media and the Drag Race really did it for me.” Bretman emphasized the power of positive self-reflection in the mainstream media, especially when it comes to him as a Filipino. “Going back to Drag Race, when I first saw Manila Luzon and the first thing I recognized was its name, Manila Luzon, because it is literally the capital and city of the Philippines and she was named that way. That meant a lot to me and much less does he look like me too. He looks like a typical Filipino man and I saw myself in him, and there was nothing else I wanted to do. “
Rock was just 18 when he started creating beauty tutorials on YouTube. Soon after, one of his makeup videos went viral and Bretman came out as a gay man and proudly recounted his transformation into his drag persona. With a six pack of chiseled abs, along with flawless skin and high cheekbones that would make Meryl Streep envious, Bretman quickly became a social media beauty influencer and the voice of the LGBTQIA + community.
When asked who his queer hero is, Bretman wisely chose Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, whose flamboyant flamboyance was backed by an unrivaled vocal range that created a new genre: the God of queer rock. “I would appreciate his legacy and all that he has done for the gay community.”
Bretman concluded the interview by emphatically expressing his desire to make society more inclusive, not only for queer people of color, but also for his trans brothers and sisters.
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