Born Rupaul Andre Charles on November 17 1960, he grew up in San Diego, learning fashion tips from his mother and three sisters.
After some time living in Atlanta doing odd jobs such as a used-car salesman, RuPaul moved to New York by the early '90s.
He had begun performing in local Manhattan clubs and became a popular attraction through his various flamboyant acts on stage.
The show sadly ended in 1998 after three seasons when ratings began to falter. That same year he became a spokesperson for M.A.C. Cosmetics, billing him as "The First Face of M.A.C." Over the course of six years, he launched store openings in ten countries and helped raise over $22 million for the M.A.C AIDS fund.
(2001) with Richard Dreyfuss, Tim Allen, and Christian Slater. In 1999 Rupaul received the Vito Russo Entertainer of The year at The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards for challenging the limits and breaking boundaries in becoming an openly gay individual who has achieved excellence in the field of Entertainment and furthering his visibility and understanding of the community through his work.
In 2002 Rupaul was honored by The Most Beautiful Transsexuals In The World Association, commending him for his outreach support on the Gay and Lesbian community with their Lifetime Achievement Award honoring his over 10 year conquest and establishing fashion and glamor in the entertainment industry.