“That photo captures my personality”: Frances Bean looks back on iconic photo of RuPaul cradling her as a baby

"You are the reason I am the way that I am."

RuPaul and Frances Bean Cobain have opened up on the iconic photograph of the two together that was taken when she was a baby.

The drag icon was a close friend of Bean’s late father and Nirvana frontmanKurt Cobain – and their meeting at the 1993 MTV VMAs resulted in a famous snap.

In the photo, an infant Frances is seen crying while RuPaul, dressed in full drag, attempts to console her.


Now, Bean has appeared on RuPaul’s Whats The Tee podcast, where she discussed how the photo marked a formative phase in her life.

“I firmly believe that that photo captures my personality being made,” she said of the image. “You are the reason I am the way I am . . . You were not my only drag queen in my life from a very young age. 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 immediately identified the drag queen as “Loretta Pig from New York City” and explained how both Cobain and her mother Courtney Love were lovers of drag.

The conversation also saw Bean discussing the oft-discussed comparisons between herself and Kurt Cobain.


“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 O.K.,” she said.

“If that’s the association they make, that’s a pretty damn good association; there are worse things to be called.”

Meanwhile, Bean has been sharing her own music on Instagram in recent months.