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Billy Porter and Debbie Harry among those to wish happy 61st birthday to RuPaul


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RuPaul Charles turned 61 yesterday and several celebrities and friends took to social media to wish him a happy birthday.

In a touching Instagram post, actor and singer Billy Porter said, “Happiest of Birthdays @rupaulofficial! I am so proud of all that you’ve accomplished. I stand on your shoulders. Thank you for paving the way!”

Close friend and colleague Michelle Visage posted some old photos of the pair to her Instagram, saying, “The love I have for you is endless.”


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RuPaul was born and raised in San Diego, California. He later studied performing arts in Atlanta, Georgia, before settling in New York City, where he became a fixture on the club and drag scene in the late 1980s.

If you want to see a clip of a baby RuPaul in his 20s, you can see him dancing as an extra in the B-52’s ‘Love Shack’ video from 1989. He went on to find worldwide fame in his own right with the 1993 release of the song ‘Supermodel (You Better Work)’.

In 2009, he launched RuPaul’s Drag Race show, which has achieved success beyond anyone’s expectations. It has won 11 Primetime Emmy Awards and spurned franchise spin-offs in Canada, the UK, Australia and Italy. Just this week, the first season of Drag Race France was announced.

Among others to wish RuPaul a happy birthday were Debbie Harry, Olivia Newton-John, George Takei, Bob The Drag Queen, and plenty of other former Drag Race contestants.

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