Happy Birthday Mama Ru!

RuPaul: A Visual Timeline of The World’s Most Famous Drag Queen

Happy birthday RuPaul!

 

November 17, 1960, a baby was born that would soon change the world. His name was RuPaul Charles…

001 RuPaul Charles as a Baby

 

This little baby grew and grew…

003 RuPaul Charles growing up as a young child

RuPaul Charles

 

And evolved…

006 RuPaul Charles as a club kid 80s

 

Then, in the 80s, RuPaul began creating films and music…

 

And in 1989 he received his first major national exposure with his dancing role in The B-52s’ ‘Love Shack’ music video….

 

Then, in the early 90s, daytime television met some club kids on ‘Geraldo’…

 

In 1992, the world went crazy as RuPaul’s single ‘Supermodel (You Better Work)’ climbed the Billboard charts…

 

And so came his first album, ‘Supermodel of the World,’ in 1993…

RuPaul Supermodel of the world

 

The success of his music led to more national exposure. In 1993, he presented an award with Milton Berle at the MTV Video Music Awards…

 

It was at this same awards show that he met Kurt Cobain, Nirvana and Courtney Love…

RuPaul Kurt Cobain Nirvana 02

1993 MTV Video Music Awards

 

The next year, 1994, he became the face of the first ever MAC Viva Glam campaign…

viva-glam-de-m-a-c-la-campagne-originale rupaul

 

And in 1995, Ru starred in a feature-length film called ‘Wigstock: The Movie’…

 

That same year, he released his first autobiography, ‘Lettin It All Hang Out’…

 

…and climbed the UK Singles Chart alongside Elton John

 

Then, in 1996, RuPaul took over television with ‘The RuPaul Show’…

 

…and took over the morning airwaves of the WKTU radio station in New York alongside gal pal Michelle Visage…

 

He also released his second album, ‘Foxy Lady,’ in 1996…

RuPaul Foxy Lady Album signed

 

And then released his third album, ‘Ho, Ho, Ho,’ in 1997, and Christmas would always be glamorous…

RuPaul Ho Ho Ho ALbum cover 1997

 

That same year, rainy days we’re no longer a drag…

 

After sitting quiet for a bit, RuPaul reappeared in 2004 with his fourth album, ‘Red Hot’…

RuPaul-redhot

 

Then released his fifth album, ‘ReWorked,’ in 2006…

rupaul reworked

 

In 2007, the world was re-introduced to RuPaul as ‘Starrbooty’…

 

…and, of course, the film had to have a soundtrack CD…

rupaul starbooty soundtrack

 

In 2009, with the premier of his reality competition show, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ cable television and the art of drag queen entertainment would never be the same…

rupauls drag race season 1 cast

 

That same year, his sixth album, ‘Champion,’ was released…

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The following year, in 2010, Ru released his second autobiography, ‘Workin’ It! RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness’…

small RuPaul Charles Workin' It! RuPaul's Guide to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

 

…and debuted his first ‘Drag Race’ spin-off series, ‘RuPaul’s Drag U’…

RuPaul's Drag U Cast small

 

More music came in 2011 when Ru dropped his seventh album, ‘Glamazon’…

RuPaul Glamazon ALbum cover 2011

 

And who could forget the joy (and anger) we all felt when the second spin-off, ‘RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race,’ premiered in 2012…

RUPaul's ALl Stars drag race season 1 2012

 

In 2013, the world never smelled the same following his ‘Glamazon’ unisex perfume release (in partnership with ColorEvolution)…

RuPaul Glamazon Perfume Coverevolution

 

Last year, RuPaul’s eighth album, ‘Born Naked,’ dropped…

 

…and, alongside Michelle Visage, his first podcast, ‘What’s The Tee?’ was born…

rupaul's podcast what's the tee

 

And in November 2015, her new Christmas album dropped. (Now available on iTune *wink*)

rupaul slay belles

RuPaul has released nine albums and two books, has had his own television shows and a band, has done radio and a podcast with Michelle Visage, has performed around the world, has starred in movies, television shows and short films, and so, so, so much more! We can’t wait to see what the world’s most famous drag queen does next! Happy birthday mama Ru!