RuPaul has become one of America’s most famous drag queens, achieving a cross-over appeal that changed the face of entertainment. He became of his kind to become a supermodel, and even launched The RuPaul Show on VH1. Throughout his appearances in film and on television, RuPaul continued to release additional albums, including: Foxy Lady (1996), Red Hot (2004), Champion (2009), and Glamazon (2011.) RuPaul appeared on a number of television series, including: Sister, Sister (1994), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1998), Port Charles (2001), and Ugly Betty (2010), and in dozens of films, including: The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), Wigstock: The Movie (1995), Blue in the Face (1995), To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! (1995), A Mother’s Prayer (1995), An Unexpected Life (1998), The Truth About Jane (2000), Michael Lucas’s Dangerous Liaisons (2005), and Starrbooty (2007), to name a few.
In addition to his work on television and in film, RuPaul is the author of a number of books, including: Lettin’ It All Hang Out, and Workin’ It! RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style. RuPaul has been very public about his opinion regarding gender-specific pronouns, since he often appears in the female form in drag, but also as “himself.” He has made it clear that he is perfectly satisfied with either pronoun as a reference, and he often appears outside of his drag persona to host his current shows, RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U, both of which can be found on VH1.
For his contributions to entertainment and for his achievements in raising awareness for LGBT causes, RuPaul has been recognized with two GLAAD Media Awards, one for the Vito Russo Award and another for Outstanding Reality Program for RuPaul’s Drag Race. The same show has also garnered him a NewNowNext Award, and TV.com has recognized him for a Best of 2012 Award, for the same show, in the role of Best Reality Show Judge/Host.