RuPaul Andre Charles is an American actor, model, singer, songwriter, television personality, and author. Since 2009, he has produced and hosted the reality competition series “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” for which he received two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016 and 2017.
RuPaul is the most commercially successful drag queen of all time. In 2017, he was included in the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
RuPaul was born and raised in San Diego and later moved to Atlanta to study performing arts. He settled in New York City where he became a popular fixture on the nightclub scene. RuPaul achieved international fame with the release of the single, “Supermodel (You Better Work),” which was included on his debut album Supermodel of the World (1993).
In 1996, RuPaul landed a TV talk show on VH1. The RuPaul Show taped over 100 episodes with co-host, Michelle Visage. while simultaneously co-hosting a morning drive radio show on WKTU, also with Michelle Visage.
As a recording artist, RuPaul has co-written and co-produced 14 studio albums to date, including Foxy Lady (1996), Champion (2009), Glamazon (2011), Born Naked (2014), and American (2017).
As an actor, RuPaul has appeared in over 50 films and television shows both in and out of drag including Crooklyn (1994), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995), But I’m a Cheerleader (1999), Hurricane Bianca (2016), the Comedy Central series Broad City (2017), and the Netflix original series Girlboss (2017).
As an author, RuPaul has published two books: Lettin’ It All Hang Out (1995) and Workin’ It! RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style (2010).
Additionally, RuPaul‘s Drag Race has produced ten seasons to date and has inspired several spin-off series, including RuPaul‘s Drag U and RuPaul‘s Drag Race: All Stars. He is also featured as a host on the series, Skin Wars: Fresh Paint, Good Work, and Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul.