A San Diego native, RuPaul became a popular fixture on the nightclub scene in New York City. He achieved international fame with the single "Supermodel (You Better Work)" from his 1993 debut album. He has 15 studio albums to date.
In 1995, he became MAC Cosmetics’s spokesperson, raising millions for the MAC AIDS Fund and becoming the first man to land a major cosmetics campaign. The next year, he landed a TV talk show on VH1. He has appeared in over 50 films and television shows both in and out of drag. He also has published three books.