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The unstoppable werq ethic of RuPaul

The Supermodel of the World is having a spotlight-snatching moment lately.
Mathu Andersen
The Supermodel of the World is having a spotlight-snatching moment lately.

It wouldn’t be me keeping the couch warm for Matthew Gilbert without slipping on some proverbial heels (I cramp up) and sashaying into the ever-expanding empire of RuPaul. 

The Supermodel of the World is having a spotlight-snatching moment lately, with an extravaganza-Elizabetha portrait fit for a queen in this month’s “Vogue” (shot by diva in her own right Annie Leibovitz); an eponymous daytime talk show making its test run on select Fox stations this June (and which may skew a bit more “Ellen” than “The RuPaul Show”); a new(ish) self-help book titled “Guru”; and a forthcoming Netflix series in collaboration with “Sex and the City” creator Michael Patrick King titled “AJ and the Queen,” which finds Ru playing a “down-on-her-luck drag queen traveling across America in a van with a tough-talking 11-year-old stowaway.”

Which is all to say, the Oprahfication of RuPaul is well underway. [Evil witch laugh with lots of reverb.]

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Before she starts handing out Hondas, however, Ru has other fish to fry — eight of them, to be exact. 

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And tonight’s episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” at 9 p.m. on VH-1 should make a fine time out of squeezing that down to seven. This week’s ordeal compels the queens to pitch their very own self-help books (gurl they could use it), and then transform into the tragic celebrity of their choosing for a nautically-themed take on the critical “Snatch Game” competition. 

Just to catch you up real quick: Ra’jah kicked rocks; Silky Nutmeg Ganache is still steamin’ mad at Yvie Oddly; Scarlett Envy is somewhere slowly turning more of a greenish hue; and Brook Lyn Hytes is currently reigning queen of the workroom — or at the very least the pillow fort she made on the couch while everyone else was fighting. 

Meanwhile, Mama Ru just seems to be enjoying the view of her fast-growing queendom. Yes, after decades stomping the runways of the world, snatching crowns (and Emmys), and delivering drag to the masses, one could say “she done already done had herses.” But this latest reinvention of Ru feels worth watching closely: Who will she become next? 

Michael Andor Brodeur can be reached at mbrodeur@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MBrodeur.