How Rupaul got Famous

By Tiara

While many people know of or have heard of famous drag queen RuPaul, how she got there is not as well known. She did not start out performing in front of large crowds nor was she doing anything that most people would recognize as drag.

In fact, if you were to look her up on YouTube before 2014, you would probably think she was just another pretty person with long hair.

Her early performances focused more on dance than costumes and lip-syncing, and she didn’t wear much makeup either. It wasn’t until later when her stage persona really took shape.

She wouldn’t be who she is today without going through a process that transformed her into one of the world’s most recognized drag queens. This article will take a closer look at some of the things she has done along this journey and how they helped make her a celebrity.

Made a TV show

how did rupaul get famous

In 1989, he made his first big break hosting RuPaul’s Drag Race, which is now one of the most popular shows in television history. Before Drag Race, people might have known who Chi Ching Cha was or what a burlesque dancer looked like, but few knew anything about drag!

Drag is characterized by exaggerated features such as longer hair and heavier make up, but beyond that it can be very different from person to person. Some dress up as flamboyant caricatures while others are more toned down.

But no matter what kind of drag you look at, everyone seems to agree that there’s something fabulous about it. It's an art form designed for entertainment, and it's growing in popularity every day.

Since its debut, Drag Race has inspired many aspiring drag queens to give performing a try, and has even helped some to fulfill their dreams of being famous. Many top drag artists today were influenced by the show and have done their own take on the format.

Rupaul has also appeared on other TV shows, starred in his own VH1 series, and headlined his own world tour events. He has also launched several successful fashion lines including Stylin' Range, Natoria, and Truth About Me.

Sold out venues

how did rupaul get famous

As mentioned earlier, performing is a skill that takes work to perfect. And while some people are naturally good at it, most need guidance or lessons to learn how to connect with an audience and keep them engaged.

Enter RuPaul, famous performer. He spent his early years working as a drag queen before discovering he was more skilled in performance than being in drag. Since then, he has used his talents to inspire others to perform for their loved ones and get into comedy.

He organized events where other performers could show off their skills and earn money doing so. These events have since been adapted and improved upon by many aspiring comedians, who now refer to themselves as “improv” artists.

Improvisation is when someone gives you a topic or question, and you must respond without preparation. This can be done virtually anywhere – even online!

You will probably create your own version of the event later, so it is important to prepare ahead.

Made a song and video

how did rupaul get famous

In 1988, just as Madonna was dominating music with her flashy wardrobe, sexy songs, and provocative performances, there was another singer who was making waves for different reasons. His style was not as outrageous as hers, but he made an interesting choice that got him very famous. He is now known worldwide as The King of Dance!

His name is RuPaul, and his dancing skills are incredible. He has mastered many styles such as bhangra, tango, salsa, and even some hip hop moves. Many people have noticed his unique dance moves and inspired to try it out themselves.

He did not learn how to dance by practicing alone, however. When he was in high school, he would gather groups of students together and teach them how to dance. This resulted in many students becoming popular dancers due to Ru’s teaching technique.

After college, Ru started performing at talent shows where he showcased his dancing talents. It was then when most people became aware of his dancing ability.

Sold out shows

how did rupaul get famous

As we know, RuPaul is famous for his fashion style and drag aesthetic. He has built his career by organizing large-scale events where he features all sorts of clothing brands that are designed to appeal to as many people as possible.

He also does not shy away from incorporating popular culture into his look or hosting events with a theme (such as celebrating women’s day this year). His popularity grew even more quickly after he released his first album in 1992.

That album was simply titled “RuPaul’s Drag Race Album!” It featured songs like “I Will Never Let You Outrank Me” and “My House Is Your House” and it debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. Since then, he has recorded several more albums and starred in his own show which airs now on VH1.

His success comes down to two things: his fashion sense and his ability to organize big events. People love his creative take on clothes and how much he cultivates an entertaining event atmosphere.

Became a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race

how did rupaul get famous

After moving to New York City at the age of 20, RuPaul spent his early career performing in various drag bars across the city. It was here where he made his name as an entertainer!

He would perform songs, chat about life and politics, and challenge other performers to rounds of lip-syncing for their lives. This gave him the opportunity to meet many people while promoting his own show.

RuPaul also hosted The VH1 Superstar Hit List which featured famous impersonators such as Bianca Del Rio (famous for her “The Devil Wears Prada” character), Mandy Mizner (Claire from Friends) and Thorgy Thor (Captain America)!

His popularity continued to grow after he appeared on season two of RuPaul’s Drag Race, a TV competition series that features amateur drag queens competing for prizes. He now has his very own talk show, The Ru Paul Show, which airs every weekday morning on Logo channel.

Became a brand

how did rupaul get famous

Before he was known for his drag, RuPaul was famous as a fashion icon. He designed many of his own lines of clothing and merchandise and is still very popular to this day.

He now has over 250 products under his “RuPaul’s Drag Race” label including jewelry, bags, shoes and more. Many of these items are collaborations with other designers and companies.

His merchandising company, World of Wonder (WoW), also produces runway shows that feature new designs inspired by current trends in drag. These show cycles include prizes for different categories like best dressed or most fashionable.

These show cycles often inspire people to make their own looks using RuPaul’s latest fashions.

Launched a perfume

how did rupaul get famous

In 1989, after leaving The Tanning Salon in New York City where she worked as a tanner, RuPaul launched her own line of perfumes! Her first scent was called Paradise Is Here With Me, which is an elegant floral fragrance that people have described as being like white orchid flowers.

Ru originally planned to sell just five bottles of this fragrance, but it quickly exploded in popularity. Now you can find versions of the Paradise Is Here With Me scent in both bottle and roll-on form at most major department stores.

And now, more than 20 years later, Ru has even released a new limited edition fragrance! It’s called Truth Or Dare and it celebrates his 47th birthday next month.

You may have heard of Ru before as he is famous for hosting TV shows such as Drag Race and VH1's I'm Listening. But aside from all those achievements, what really made him famous is his unique fashion style and influential YouTube videos.

Opened her own bar

how did rupaul get famous

As we know, RuPaul is famous for being one of the main judges on America’s favorite lip-syncing competition show, Drag Race! She is also known as The Champagne Supermodel, due to her popularized use of champagne in drag.

But before she was an entertainer, Ru had another career — she owned her very own bar!

Ru opened up Moxie's Bar in 1991, at the age of twenty-three. At that time, there were no other bars like it; it was exclusively for gay men.

Now over two decades later, Moxie’s still holds its title as one of the most exclusive LGBT hangouts in New York City. It even boasts about 250,000 followers on social media!

Since then, Ru has kept herself busy hosting various TV shows, traveling around the world, and spending quality time with family.