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The life of RuPaul

"If you can't love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love anybody else?" This is the story of RuPaul, the world's most successful drag queen.

One of the most famous drag queens in the world

He was the first to be the face of a cosmetics brand. His show has won 11 Emmy Awards. This is RuPaul. Rupaul Charles was born in 1960 in San Diego. Before he was born, a psychic told his mother that he would be famous. He grew up with his three sisters and would steal their clothes at a very young age. At the time, his role models were Diana Ross, Monty Python and Jane Fonda. At 15, he moved to Atlanta with one of his sisters and her husband. During the day he sold used cars, at night he performed as a go-go dancer.

“And just one last thing for you remember – if you can't love yourself, how in the hell you're going to love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here?”

In 1984, he moved to New York, where he slept at his friends’ or in Central Park and made a living working coat checks in clubs. In 1989, he decided to give his character a more glamorous look by shaving his chest and legs and won the Queen of Manhattan drag pageant. For his 32nd birthday, he released his single "Supermodel" which rapidly became a success. In 1995, he got involved with a foundation that helps AIDS patients and became the first drag-queen to be an ambassador for a cosmetics brand.

“As a kid, we would come up here and they would drop me off right here on Hollywood Boulevard, so I could look at all the stars and dream that one day I could be one of the stars on Hollywood Boulevard”

At 36, RuPaul, the drag queen, broke taboos on national TV with his own show. He talked about sexuality feminism, black emancipation, and spoke out against misogyny. At 39, he left New York for Los Angeles, decided to quit alcohol and drugs, and underwent therapy. In 2009, he created "RuPaul's Drag Race", a drag queen competition broadcast on television. In 2016, he supported Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. At 56, he married the man with whom he’s been sharing his life for 23 years and who lives on a ranch in Wyoming, Georges LeBar. That same year, he was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

“Drag loses its sense of danger and its sense of irony once it’s not men doing it, because at its core it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture”

In March 2018, he was the first drag queen to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That same year, he was deeply criticized for announcing that he would "probably not" cast a transgender woman who'd undergone surgery on the show. A few months later, during the Emmy Awards ceremony, he was again criticized because his production team was mostly made up of white men. In a career spanning over 30 years, RuPaul has built a genuine empire and his personal net wealth is estimated to be worth over $60 million.

Brut.

01/10/2020 12:58 PM

1034 comments

  • Ryan L.
    2 days

    Love RuPaul!

  • Angela T.
    4 days

    Well Done!!!

  • Susan N.
    05/04/2021 01:26

    Those Tina Turner iconic legs and beautiful personality ❤️

  • Enza B.
    05/02/2021 14:16

    I love you Ru

  • Laura F.
    05/01/2021 04:57

    Love him !!

  • Martha B.
    04/28/2021 22:30

    What an amazing man..I wish I could meet him..just to be in his presence..would be beyond the earth..id be over the moon!!!!

  • Rebecca A.
    04/24/2021 20:28

    beautiful as a woman

  • Severus A.
    04/18/2021 22:53

    Love ❤️ you

  • Nancy M.
    04/16/2021 12:29

    , again, what I adore about Ru Paul the most is his brain. We really needed him in politics but I’m sure he’s happier with his choices but he’s so politically astute. 💞💞💕💕🌸🌈

  • Holly K.
    04/15/2021 23:38

    If Ru is 6' 4" how tall is his husband??????

  • Johanna K.
    04/14/2021 07:25

    I adore him even though I’m not really interested in drag. He’s just so delightful, and whipsmart.

  • Cecilie-Marie H.
    04/12/2021 23:22

    I believe ❤

  • Pauline C.
    04/12/2021 17:05

    Ru Paul Drag Race UK pure TV magic what a lovely human being Ru Paul is ❤️

  • Sophie A.
    04/12/2021 13:08

    🥰

  • Denise D.
    04/01/2021 19:03

    Love him ♥️

  • Lesley P.
    04/01/2021 15:17

    I feel for him, I wish he could have kept drag queens to there true form and kept the true message of drag going but it's a new world, I guess we are just forced into believing what everyone else thinks about an culture he grew up in a long time before most of us realized what drag queens where but what does ru know she is only the queen of all drag queens ❤🧡💛💚💙💜

  • Aguilera-Martinez A.
    03/31/2021 16:00

    Such a BEAUTIFUL soul. What I would give to just talk to him and receive his encouragement and genuineness and sincerity. 🥰🥰🥰🥰

  • Shira R.
    03/31/2021 13:41

  • Mel T.
    03/31/2021 07:32

    ❤️

  • Rachel B.
    03/31/2021 05:10

    our lord and savior, although still not ok with the trans statement

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