When it comes to the famous drag queens in the USA, there is just one name that comes to our mind – RuPaul. Since he entered the entertainment industry in the 1980s, RuPaul has made a name for himself due to his special cross-dressing style. He is a man of many talents as he is among one of the best in all of the careers he chose to take.
RuPaul came into this world in November of 1960 in his hometown of San Diego, California. His complete name is RuPaul Andre Charles, but he is popularly known by his stage name ‘RuPaul.’ As per his interviews on his personal life and experience, it has been confirmed that he was a total of three siblings.
When he was just seven years of age, his parents got divided and split their ways. As a result, he stayed and grew up with the help of his mother, Edward Tony Charles. At age fifteen, he left his hometown to stay with his elder sister and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he started studying Performing Arts.
But, for RuPaul, life in the new city was not easy, as he was a struggling musician and a mediocre filmmaker who struggled every day to make ends meet. His first break in his career as a musician came back in 1989 when he was just twenty-nine. He had gotten the role as an extra in a music video named ‘Love Shack,’ which was being produced by B-52 at that time.
He also used to perform at a local theater and sometimes at some famous places like ‘Celebrity Club.’ He also used to perform as a backup singer for another famous singer of his time, Glen Meadmore. He is a famous singer, actor, and show producer, as well as a talented songwriter who is recognized globally.
He also started one of the most famous shows in USA’s entertainment history named “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The show has managed to reach milestones in the last decades. It currently has more than a hundred episodes, and multiple spin-offs of the show were also produced.
Some of the spin-offs include ‘RuPaul’s Drag U’ and RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, both of which are also hit shows and managed to run for multiple episodes. In 2016 and 2017, Rupaul had gotten two ‘Emmy Awards’ consecutively for running the USA’s most widely watched and popular show.
He also has invited and interviewed many top Hollywood stars in his show, including some of the well-heard names, Mary J. Blige, Bea Arthur, and even the famous ‘Backstreet Boys. RuPaul has a record of releasing some of the best singles in the entire music industry.
Some of his singles and albums include ‘Supermodel’ and ‘And Supermodel of the world.’ Some albums include ‘Foxy Lady,’ ‘Champion,’ ‘Born Naked,’ and much more. As a result of his charismatic personality and influence across the globe, in 2017, he was on the list of one of the most influential personalities in the world.
As per RuPaul’s financial reports, he has a net worth of more than sixty million dollars under his name. Most of his capital stems from his music albums and television shows.
He is also considered one of the most successful drag queens in the USA.
RuPaul’s major turn in his career and entry into the limelight came back in 1993, at thirty-three. His first ever recorded album was ‘Supermodel of the World,’ which had been released by a well-known record label Tommy Boy. It was one of the major hit albums at that time and had managed to rank number two on ‘Billboard hot dance and music chart.
The ‘Supermodel album’ also managed to get a rank of forty-five on the ‘Billboard Top 100’ chart. As a result, he started to make a name for himself in the music industry. He also started to release his other all-time hit songs, including ‘Back to my roots, ‘A shady Shade’ and much more, all of which had managed to secure the first rating on ‘The Billboard Top 100’ chart for the upcoming years.
He had also released multiple globally famous albums, which included ‘Foxy Lady,’ ‘Champion,’ ‘Born Naked,’ Realness,’ Slay Belles,’ ‘America’ and finally ‘Essential Vol.2’ which was released back in the year 2017. After procuring a foothold in the music industry, RuPaul created a name for himself in the modeling industry.
He started by signing contracts for modeling with one of the biggest names in that industry, ‘MAC Cosmetics.’ As a result of his success and ability to become famous so suddenly in the modeling industry, he is still widely recognized for being the first drag queen to get a major contract from companies on the first try.
Again, in 1996, another turn in RuPaul’s career came when he decided to launch his talk show named ‘The RuPaul’s Show’ on VH1. RuPaul will interview and learn about the life experience of many top names in Hollywood. He would also air the show on the radio with the help of his co-host in the show, named Michelle Visage.
The duo would also create podcasts of the show, starting in 2014. Due to these acts of developing the show and innovations, ‘The RuPaul’s Show’ has managed to go global and bring in hundreds of millions in views. It is currently one of the most famous shows running in the USA, with more than a hundred episodes already aired.
RuPaul has quite an interesting personality when it comes to his gender. During an interview, he clarified that he does not get agitated when referred to as she. Most of the time, he appears in public in both his male and drag outfits. He has openly admitted that he is gay and currently resides with his long-time boyfriend and now husband ‘Georges LeBar.’
The couple married back in the year 2017 after years of being in a relationship. Their relationship began when RuPaul met him for the first time in a nightclub in NYC in 1994.
In RuPaul’s lifelong career as a drag queen, he has received many compliments and awards. Some of the awards include,
- GLAAD Media Award for his work with the LGBTQ community.
- Critic’s Choice Nomination for getting in the ‘Best Reality Show Host category.
- Best Dressed Reality TV Judge
- RuPaul had also received a ‘Star’ during his Hollywood walk of fame back in March of 2018.