RuPaul Charles is proud of his Creative Arts Emmy win for 'helping young girls navigate their lives'
The TV personality took home the Emmy Award for Outstanding Host of a Reality or Reality Competition Program for his Logo series, RuPaul's Drag Race, on Sunday (11Sept16), and for RuPaul, the win means more than just the hardware for his mantelpiece.
The show documents RuPaul, who plays the roles of host, mentor, and source of inspiration for this series, in his search for America's next drag superstar.
Contestants are given different challenges each week and a panel of judges, including RuPaul, Michelle Visage and a host of other guest judges, critique contestants' progress throughout the competition.
"I think about all the kids who watch this show all over the world, who finally have an emotional navigation system," he gushed to E! Online. "This show, and the hundreds of girls who have come through our show, have told their stories so graciously and have really helped young people around the world navigate their lives and I think I'm the most proud of that."
RuPaul is especially grateful for the show as it revitalised his career following a barren spell.
"I hit it big 20-something years ago and went away and I came back and this is quite a prize," he explained. "I've been very blessed and that has not escaped me."
RuPaul took home the Emmy for his first ever Emmy nomination, soon after Drag Race wrapped its eighth season.
The 55-year-old actor and fashion icon beat out seasoned broadcasting veterans Ryan Seacrest for American Idol, Project Runway's Heidi Klum and Steve Harvey for Little Big Shots among others to clinch the award.
"I admire all of those people," RuPaul smiled. "I've been in this business for almost 35 years and I know what it's like to get to the point where all of these nominees are and it's not easy."