Both the entertainment industry and public opinion of the LGBTQ+ community have been profoundly changed by RuPaul's spectacular career and aggressive advocacy. His ability to embrace his individuality and persevere in the face of adversity are embodiments of the American spirit of perseverance and ingenuity.
RuPaul, the unrivaled 'Supermodel of the World,' has not only pushed for more visibility and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community in mainstream media, but also revolutionized the art of drag. Because of his bravery, charisma, and singular genius, he has permanently altered the course of American and international entertainment.
Born RuPaul Andre Charles in San Diego in 1960, he began his training as an entertainer in Atlanta when he was a teenager. As a dancer and bartender at Atlanta's bars, RuPaul was first exposed to the drag scene. He relocated to New York City in the 1980s and quickly became a famous figure in the city's club scene, thanks to his towering stature, impeccable style, and contagious charisma.
In 1993, with his single "Supermodel (You Better Work)," RuPaul achieved a level of fame unprecedented for a drag performer at the time, climbing the charts and receiving heavy rotation on MTV and VH1. A chat show, "The RuPaul Show" on VH1, where he interviewed famous people, cemented his role in the entertainment industry after his triumph.
It was in 2009 that RuPaul created and hosted the reality competition show "RuPaul's Drag Race." To uncover "America's next drag superstar," the show set a new standard for introducing the subculture to the general public. Since then, it has been syndicated over the world and has won a slew of honors, including multiple Emmys.
Throughout his career, RuPaul has been an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, utilizing his fame to spread messages of love and acceptance. Fans all throughout the world have taken to heart his admonition, "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?"
RuPaul has left an indelible mark on popular culture. As a result of his efforts, drag has moved from the cultural margins into the mainstream. He has paved the way for other drag artists and LGBTQ+ entertainers to be seen by a wider audience around the world.
In 2017, RuPaul was named one of Time magazine's 100 most important persons in the world for the first time. For his work in the LGBTQ+ community and the entertainment industry, Fortune named him one of the "Greatest Leaders" of 2019. When he won the Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program for the fifth time in 2020, he made Emmy history.