RuPaul, pseudonym of RuPaul Andre Charles, is a singer, actor and television personality, who became famous in show business primarily as a drag queen. He was born in San Diego on November 17, 1960. Since 2009 leads the program RuPaul’s Drag Race thanks to which in 2016 he won an Emmy Award.
RuPaul was born in San Diego in 1960, where he lived until the age of 15 when moving to Atlanta. Since the mid eighties is active in the gay clubs in the city as a gogo dancer and singer and manages to record a couple of albums, but do not get success. Then he moved in New York, becomes popular in the nineties as a drag queen. At that time he appears on numerous television and American films show that increase his fame. In an interview in which he was asked if he preferred to be called he or she, she replied: “You can call he you can call she, I do not care! It is important that you call me.”
In 1993 her third album Supermodel of the World joined the prestigious Billboard 200, while the single Supermodel (You Better Work) reaches the second position in the Dance Club Songs. The songs Back To My Roots and A Shade Shady (Now Prance) instead reach the first position in the standings. This allows to RuPaul to collaborate with many world-renowned artists such as Lil ‘Kim, Brigitte Nielsen, Lucy Lawless. Especially in 1994 duet with Elton John on the cover of the song Do not Go Breaking My Heart.
Also in 1994 he became the first spokesman of the MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam program; what made the first drag queen of a major cosmetics brand. The proceeds of the program was donated to the research against HIV / AIDS. In 1996 he leads for two seasons a talk / variety television show, called The RuPaul Show, which became famous for being one of the first television programs led by an openly gay character. At the show were very well hosted celebrities including Cher, Nirvana and Olivia Newton John. In the same year he released his second album Foxy Lady, which is the first single Snapshot that, while not equaling the success of previous singles, get a fair recognition. Back on the other hand at the top of the US charts in 2004 with the Red Hot album, when the single Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous reach second place in the dance charts.
Since 2009 leads the program RuPaul’s Drag Race, broadcast on satellite channel Sky, who looks very much like America’s Next Top Model hosted by Tyra Banks, in which various drag queens compete with elimination trials to clinch the title and awards. Every edition of RuPaul program also publishes a new album whose songs make it by theme.
In 2014 her album Born Naked reach the fourth position on the Billboard Top Dance / Electronic Album. In 2016 however the Butch Queen album reached the third position, making the singer between drag queens most successful ever. In July 2016 RuPaul participates in the single Hands Group, together with artists such as Pink and Britney Spears, whose proceeds from sales are donated to associations linked to the victims of the massacre in Orlando. In the same month also was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category “best host of a reality show,” later he won awards.
RuPaul has always been very discreet and private about her personal life; In 2017 she married Georges LeBar, her partner of 23 years. RuPaul is the only drag queen who has two statues of the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds (one in New York and one in San Francisco.) According to what was said by her, dresses like a drag queen only when it is paid.