RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960) is an American drag queen, 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 considered to be the most commercially successful drag queen in the United States. In 2017, he was included in the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.[1]

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 as a drag queen with the release of his debut single, "Supermodel (You Better Work)", which was included on his debut studio album Supermodel of the World (1993). In 1994, he became a spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics, raising money for the Mac AIDS Fund and becoming the first drag queen to land a major cosmetics campaign. That year, he received his own talk show on VH1, The RuPaul Show, which he hosted for over 100 episodes, while co-hosting the morning radio show on WKTU with Michelle Visage. He has had continued success as a recording artist, releasing 14 studio albums to date, including Foxy Lady (1996), Champion (2009), Glamazon (2011), Born Naked (2014), and American (2017).

As an actor, RuPaul has made appearances in films 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). He has also 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 series such as Skin Wars, Good Work, and Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul.

RuPaul is noted for his indifference toward the gender-specific pronouns used to address him, as stated in his autobiography: "You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don't care! Just as long as you call me."[2] RuPaul has also played men in a number of roles, and makes public appearances both in and out of drag.[2]



PharmaRusical is a song by musical artist RuPaul, released on March 30, 2018.
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Kitty Girl is a song by musical artist RuPaul, released on March 16, 2018.
DRAG UP YOUR LIFE is a song by musical artist RuPaul, released on March 2, 2018.
SITTING ON A SECRET is a song by musical artist RuPaul, released on March 2, 2018.

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Andy Cohen and Padma Lakshmi Felt "Right at Home" on RuPaul's Drag Race
  –  March 30, 2018
"I love country music; I love some of the first ladies of country," Andy shared. "I love Dolly, Reba, I'll take a Judd..." That led RuPaul to introduce the day's mini-challenge, a hoe-down called "Hay Girl, Hay." While Andy confessed that most 'Wives ...
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 episode 2 recap: A dreadful “PharmaRusical”
  –  March 30, 2018
After nine years of RuPaul’s Drag Race, there’s one constant that always ... but it was a welcome relief when the music finally stopped. With that out of the way, it was on with the runway. This week’s theme? Best Drag. Once the runway was over ...
We're Absolutely Living for Todrick Hall & RuPaul's New Music Video
  –  March 26, 2018
Todrick Hall and RuPaul have just released another bop, "Dem Beats." The collaboration is just one of Todrick’s newest songs off his most recent album, Forbidden, for which Hall is releasing a visual album tomorrow, March 27. Are you all ready for this?
Todrick Hall and RuPaul team up for smoking hot banger Dem Beats
  –  March 25, 2018
Hall invites RuPaul to spin some smoking hot (literally) tracks and lay down a sickening verse. But not before he sashays among a sea of hot dancers breaking it down on the dance floor. Drag Race season 7’s Miss Fame also did the make up for the music ...
Todrick Hall and RuPaul are bringing Dem Beats with a fierce new music video
  –  March 23, 2018
Todrick Hall has announced a brand new visual album called Forbidden, a 30-song extravaganza due out on 27 March, and he’s leading the promo charge with a fierce RuPaul collaboration called Dem Beats. The music video, which was released this week, sees ...
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ 10 episode 1 recap: Which queen was the fiercest in the season premiere ’10s Across the Board’? [UPDATING LIVE]
  –  March 23, 2018
The premiere, titled “10s Across the Board,” also featured a hotly anticipated appearance by pop music icon and star of “Burlesque” Christina Aguilera! Below, check out our minute-by-minute “RuPaul’s Drag Race” recap of Season 10, Episode 1 ...
Meet the queens of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' season 10 — and see how they're changing culture
  –  March 22, 2018
10 seasons in, RuPaul's Drag Race, which premieres Thursday on VH1 ... "By nature, drag has to bite off mainstream fashion and mainstream art and music and things like that, so forever drag has kind of taken a back seat to mainstream artistry," she ...
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: The Single Must-Watch Moment From Every Season
  –  March 21, 2018
From the second the music started, both queens burst into tears and spent ... and heartwrenching lip syncs in Drag Race history. RuPaul decided to save both queens, making it the first time that the franchise featured a final four instead of a final ...
Where to watch the season premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race in NYC
  –  March 21, 2018
This may feel all too familiar, considering the fact that I was writing about where to watch RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3 just ... get down to sickening performances IRL, along with dope music from DJ Soda Pop. And, needless to say, you better get ...
RuPaul accepts Hollywood star with the fabulousness of a thousand queens
  –  March 17, 2018
SEE ALSO: These 11 queer artists are on the frontier of pop music This incredible moment in Charles' career and Hollywood history could not come at a more important time. In a recent Vogue interview, he mused about what RuPaul's Drag Race and his overall ...
Drag icon RuPaul is a star, baby — and now has one on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  –  March 16, 2018
RuPaul appears at a ceremony honoring him with a star on the ... Covers for two new albums saluting the music of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. (Universal Music Group Nashville; Island Records) A bevy of pop, R&B, rock, country and Americana artists are ...

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