11/17/1960 , San Diego, California (USA)

Birth Name

Rupaul Andre Charles




RuPaul was born Rupaul Andre Charles on November 17, 1960. After growing up in San Diego, he moved to Atlanta during the heyday of that city's drag club era. By the early 1990s, RuPaul had polished his own drag act and taken it to Manhattan, where he became popular for his flamboyant, couture-influenced costumes and hugely entertaining repartee. In 1994, his single "Supermodel (You Better Work)" catapulted him to fame, reaching the Billboard charts and winning an MTV Award nomination for Best Dance Video. RuPaul has appeared in a number of major films, including "The Brady Bunch Movie" (1995) and Spike Lee's "Crooklyn" (1995). In addition, he has hosted several television shows, including "The RuPaul Show" on VH1. As an openly-gay entertainer breaking boundaries in entertainment, RuPaul has been honored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). His reality contestant show, "RuPaul's Drag Race," has been a top-rated program on the cable channel LOGO.