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American drag performer, actor and musicianwd:Q705715
genre: dance-pop, rhythm and blues, disco, Eurodance, electronic music, dance music
country of citizenship: United States of America
native language: English
language of expression: English
educated at: North Atlanta High School
occupation: drag queen, musician, singer-songwriter, television actor, model, presenter, film actor, radio personality, actor, director, manufacturer, film producer
award received: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960), known simply as RuPaul, 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 has received eight Primetime Emmy Awards. He is considered 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. In 2019, Fortune noted him as "easily the world's most famous" drag queen.Born and raised in San Diego, California, RuPaul later studied performing arts in Atlanta, Georgia. He settled in New York City, where he became a popular fixture on the LGBT nightclub scene. He 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 called 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 including Foxy Lady (1996), Ho Ho Ho (1997), Champion (2009), Glamazon (2011), and Born Naked (2014).
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 shows Girlboss (2017), Grace and Frankie (2019), and AJ and the Queen (2020). He has also published three books: Lettin' It All Hang Out (1995), Workin' It! RuPaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style (2010), and GuRu (2018).
To date, RuPaul's Drag Race has produced thirteen seasons in the United States and 2 in the United Kingdom (as of 2021). The show has seen success globally with a further 6 international formats of the show in production. This has also inspired several spin-off series, including RuPaul's Drag U, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, and RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race. He is also featured as a host on series such as Skin Wars, Good Work, and Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul. In June 2019, his daytime talk show RuPaul premiered, but was cancelled after a three-week test run.RuPaul is indifferent to which gender-specific pronouns are used to refer to him and once quipped, "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." He has also played male roles and makes public appearances in both male and female drag.
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