Frances Bean Cobain talked to RuPaul about their iconic photo when she appeared on the “What’s The Tee” podcast last month.
The daughter of the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was just a baby when she first met the drag legend. In a famous snap taken at the 1993 MTV VMAs, Frances is seen crying while being cradled by RuPaul, who is dressed in full drag.
Meanwhile, Frances’ father, adorned in a striped shirt and large, red-rimmed sunglasses, smiles for the camera while gently gripping his daughter’s ankle. Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl can also be seen peeking out from behind RuPaul’s shoulder.
“I firmly believe that that photo captures my personality being made,” Frances told RuPaul when she stopped by his podcast. “You are the reason I am the way I am.”
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The 26-year-old visual artist explained how drag queens were a big part of her life growing up. “You were not my only drag queen in my life from a very young age,” she revealed. “I had drag nannies…
“I remember waking up next to a nanny of mine who used to do Miss Piggy-type drag in a red sequin dress and snout askew.”
RuPaul quickly identified the drag nanny as “Loretta Pig from New York City” and shared with Frances how much her father and mother, Courtney Love, were huge fans of all things drag.
Frances also chatted about her love for music and how she feels about fans comparing her songs to Kurt’s.
“If people need that outlet in order to look at my music, or look at my art, and say, ‘It’s just like your dad’—if they need that, that’s okay. If that’s the association they make, that’s a pretty damn good association; there are worse things to be called.”