RuPaul Andre Charles (born November 17, 1960), known mononymously as RuPaul, is an American drag queen, television judge, musician, and model. Best known for producing, hosting, and judging the reality competition series RuPaul's Drag Race, he has received several accolades, including 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, three GLAAD Media Awards, a Critics' Choice Television Award, two Billboard Music Awards, and a Tony Award.

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). He became a spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics in 1994, raising money for the Mac AIDS Fund and becoming the first drag queen to land a major cosmetics campaign. He later 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.

RuPaul's Drag Race was created in 2009 and has gone on to produce fourteen seasons in the United States. The show has also seen success internationally, with several international variants of the show being made, such as RuPaul's Drag Race UK and Canada's Drag Race. This has also inspired several spin-offs of the main show, 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 other reality television series such as Skin Wars, Good Work, and Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul.

RuPaul has made appearances in films such as Crooklyn (1994), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), television shows such as Girlboss (2017), Broad City (2017), and Grace and Frankie (2019). He later created and starred in his own Netflix original television series AJ and the Queen (2020). In addition, 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).

RuPaul is considered the most commercially successful drag queen in the United States, with Fortune noting him as "easily the world's most famous drag queen." For his work on RuPaul's Drag Race, he has received eleven Primetime Emmy Awards, becoming the most-awarded person of color in the history of the Primetime Emmys. In 2017, he was included in the annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Outside of film and television, he also continues to write and record music; he has released fourteen studio albums as of 2022, and received a Tony Award for Best Musical as a producer for the musical A Strange Loop.


July 29, 2022

Here’s Who Was Crowned ‘Queen Of All Queens’ On Season 7 of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’

After a lip sync LaLaPaRuza for the crown, one queen walked away with a crown, a title, and $200,000

July 28, 2022

These 12 Queens Have Performed the Most Lip Syncs on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

From Lip Syncs For Your Life, to Lip Sync LaLaPaRuzas, these queens have shown time and again their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.

July 19, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ All-Star Yvie Oddly Breaks Down Her ‘Edgelord-y’ Approach to Runway Couture

The oddball of 'All Stars 7' also discusses thee Internet's obsession with her dad, and why performing comedy challenges without a crowd on 'Drag Race' is so hard.

June 22, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ All Star Shea Coulee on Peaking Early With Her Naomi Campbell Meeting

"I literally left set that day saying, 'Do I just go home now? Does it get any better than that?'" the star recalls.

June 13, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ All Star Raja Does Not Identify as a ‘Fashion Queen’ — ‘I’m the O.G. Style Queen’

The season 3 winner also discusses recent Republican efforts to ban drag shows for kids: "It's just all a distraction."

May 27, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ All Star Jinkx Monsoon on How She Almost Didn’t Play Judy Garland in Snatch Game

The 'All Stars 7' star also talks about the "uplifting" vibe of the new season, and what it's like getting back on TV after almost 10 years away.

May 25, 2022

RuPaul Admits to Having Favorite ‘Drag Race’ Queens, But He Won’t Tell You Which Ones

The star also talked 'All Stars 7,' 'Golden Girls,' and all of the dead people's phone numbers he still has in a new 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' interview.

May 23, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ All Star Jaida Essence Hall on Meeting Naomi Campbell: ‘My Jaw Was in My Anus’

The season 12 winner talks returning to the competition, her love of Prince, and which artist's album she hasn't been able to stop listening to lately.

April 23, 2022

Here’s Who Won ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 14

Angeria Paris VanMichaels, Bosco, Daya Betty, Lady Camden and Willow Pill competed for the crown.

April 22, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Finalist Daya Betty Is Done Apologizing For Being Her Fiery Self

"We love the drama sometimes," Betty said about her time on the show. "And if honesty is drama, then so be it."

April 22, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Finalist Angeria Paris VanMicheals Wants to Revitalize Pageant Drag

"My development on the show, as well as my track record, all show that I have put everything out there," the queen says.

April 21, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Finalist Bosco on Becoming a Hero For ‘Slutty Bullies’ Everywhere

"Do you want a winner that's lost three times?" the queen asks. "Do you want a winner who's love language is s--t talking? Then you should be Team Bosco."

April 21, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Finalist Willow Pill on Why She Thrives as the Odd One Out

"I have a really special drive and story to me that has pushed me through this season," Pill says. "I still have so much more to show the world."

April 20, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Finalist Lady Camden Breaks Down Why She Deserves the Crown

"I feel like I represent someone who never believed in myself anywhere near enough, and then rediscovered who I am during the process," the queen says.

March 29, 2022

Every Rusical from ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ Ranked Worst to Best

Judged by their general concepts, execution, music and overall impact, here is how each Rusical fared in our ranking.

March 23, 2022

Watch Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Jason Aldean Perform at iHeartRadio Music Awards

Lopez was joined by Billy Porter and the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race

March 21, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Eliminee Jasmine Kennedie Offers Some Lip Syncing Advice For Upcoming Queens

"If you're doing drag to get on a TV show, you probably shouldn't be doing drag," Kennedie tells Billboard. "That is not the basis of what drag is."

March 18, 2022

How to Win Snatch Game on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: 6 Victorious Queens Share Advice

Alaska, BenDeLaCreme, Bob the Drag Queen, Ginger Minj, Gottmik and Jinkx Monsoon weigh in on character choice, making Ru laugh & more.

March 9, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 14 Sparks Streaming Gains For Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez & More

Over the course of season 14, every song featured as a lip sync has seen streaming gains in the week following the episode's airing.

March 4, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Star Willow Pill Comes Out as Trans Femme: ‘I’m Starting to Feel Bits of Happiness’

"I'm still not sure where I fit on the spectrum, for now I just say trans femme, but I also don't have to know now," they wrote in their post.

March 3, 2022

10 ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Lip Syncs That Were Highway Robbery

What lip sync makes you wonder why you're watching a crime occurring on national TV?

February 28, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Eliminee Kerri Colby Hopes Trans Representation on TV Helps Real-World Problems

"This is, more than ever, the time that we need to have representation of trans people shown in a public way to gather support and let people know they're not alone."

February 14, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Eliminee Maddy Morphosis Talks Dealing With the Backlash to Her Casting

The first straight queen cast on the show talks about how her casting caused an online debate and "a lot more negative opinions" sent her way.

February 7, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Eliminee Kornbread Jeté Gets Real About Her Shocking Departure

"You couldn't tell me I wasn't winning season 14, I didn't care what nobody said," the fan-favorite queen says. "That was my $100,000 check!"

January 31, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Eliminee Alyssa Hunter on How a Malfunctioning Money Gun Cost Her the Competition

Hunter chats with Billboard about being labeled the season's "trade," her runway fashion, and how a broken prop helped her lose a lip-sync.

January 31, 2022

Watch Jennifer Lopez make her debut on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

The music icon gave the cast a pep talk prior to their "Nights of 1000 J.Los" challenge The post Watch Jennifer Lopez make her debut on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ appeared first on NME.

January 24, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Eliminee June Jambalaya on Why She Didn’t Believe in the Season’s Big Twist

June Jambalaya chats with Billboard about her elimination from 'Drag Race,' her love for stars like Normani & Chlöe, and why she "didn't pay too much attention" to the season's big twist.

January 18, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Eliminee Daya Betty on How Avril Lavigne Best Described Her Fashion Sense

Daya Betty chats with Billboard about her elimination from 'Drag Race,' meeting Alicia Keys, and how a viral Avril Lavigne clip best describes her aesthetic.

January 10, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Eliminee Orion Story Gets Real About Being Judged, Lizzo & More

After being the first eliminated on season 14, Story dishes on lip-syncing for Lizzo, her original talent show idea, and why she feels the judges "did me dirty" for her runway look.

January 7, 2022

5 Celebrity Guest Judges We Want to See on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

From Lil Nas X to Cher, Billboard takes a look at the stars who would make perfect additions to the judges' panel on 'RuPaul's Drag Race.'


Legends (Cast Version)

May 21, 2022

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Catwalk (Cast Version)

April 9, 2022

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Champion (Ru X Blu)

March 9, 2022

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Living My Life in London (Cast Version)

March 2, 2022

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January 7, 2022

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Catwalk (feat. Skeltal Ki)

December 3, 2021

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Hey Sis, It's Christmas (Cast Version)

November 26, 2021

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Just What They Want

November 5, 2021

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Blame It on the Edit

October 8, 2021

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This is Our Country (Duet)

September 10, 2021

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This is Our Country (Cast Version)

September 3, 2021

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I'm a Winner, Baby (Cast Version)

June 20, 2021

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April 10, 2021

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A Little Bit of Love (Cast Version)

March 18, 2021

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New Friends Silver, Old Friends Gold

March 8, 2021

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RuPaul in London

January 22, 2021

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Hey Sis, It's Christmas!

October 23, 2020

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U Wear It Well (feat. The Cast of Canada's Drag Race, Season 1) [Queens of the North Ru-Mix]

September 19, 2020

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July 25, 2020

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The Shady Bunch / Bring Back My Girls

May 30, 2020

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I'm That Bitch

February 29, 2020

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AJ and The Queen (Original Television Soundtrack)

January 24, 2020

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You're a Winner, Baby

January 10, 2020

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To the Moon (Cast Version)

November 21, 2019

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Queens Everywhere (Cast Version)

May 18, 2019

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Queen of Queens

April 29, 2019

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Super Queen (Cast Version)

February 17, 2019

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Christmas Party

November 1, 2018

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American (feat. The Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 10)

June 15, 2018

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Cher: The Unauthorized Rusical (feat. The Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 10)

May 11, 2018

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Category Is (feat. The Cast of Rupaul's Drag Race, Season 9)

April 20, 2018

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March 30, 2018

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Kitty Girl (feat. The Cast of Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars, Season 3)

March 16, 2018

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March 2, 2018

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March 2, 2018

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Divas Live

February 2, 2018

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March 24, 2017

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Read U Wrote U (Ellis Miah Mix) [feat. The Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, Season 2]

October 12, 2016

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Butch Queen: Ru-Mixes

April 15, 2016

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Butch Queen

March 4, 2016

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Slay Belles

October 23, 2015

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March 2, 2015

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Born Naked (Deluxe)

May 5, 2014

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Oh No She Better Don't (feat. The Cast of Rupaul's Drag Race Season 6)

March 31, 2014

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Born Naked

February 24, 2014

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It's Not Personal (It's Drag)

June 20, 2013

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Lick It Lollipop

April 30, 2013

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Can I Get an Amen?

March 5, 2013

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I Bring The Beat: Remixes

February 12, 2013

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The Shade of It All (feat. The Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race)

February 4, 2013

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Runway Girl (feat. The Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race)

February 4, 2013

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Reading Is Fundamental (feat. The Cast of RuPaul's Drag Race)

February 4, 2013

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If I Dream: Remixes

November 20, 2012

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(Here It Comes) Around Again: Remixes

November 13, 2012

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Live Forever: Remixes

November 6, 2012

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Theme From Drag U

October 23, 2012

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Sexy Drag Queen: Remixes

September 18, 2012

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Peanut Butter (feat. Big Freedia)

June 5, 2012

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SuperGlam DQ

July 16, 2011

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Lipsync for Your Life

May 7, 2011

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May 3, 2011

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Cover Girl

October 29, 2010

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Drag Race

March 30, 2010

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Jealous Of My Boogie - The RuMixes

June 30, 2009

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April 7, 2009

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Cover Girl - The RuMixes

February 3, 2009

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Starrbooty: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

June 20, 2007

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Call Me Starrbooty

May 21, 2007

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Computer Love

January 10, 2007

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June 13, 2006

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RuPaul. SuperModel (You Better Work) ReMixes

May 26, 2006

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People Are People featuring Tom Trujillo (Remixes)

December 6, 2005

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WorkOut - the Rumixes

February 22, 2005

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Red Hot

September 21, 2004

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Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous - The RuMixes

August 17, 2004

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Ho Ho Ho

October 28, 1997

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Foxy Lady

October 29, 1996

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Supermodel of the World

June 8, 1993

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Little Drummer Boy

January 1, 1993

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Supermodel (You Better Work)/House of Love

January 7, 1992

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