It is impossible to talk about the drag queen subculture without mentioning the name, RuPaul. The singer, actor, and model has created wilder exposure for drag queens in the mainstream media. The American superstar has also pioneered overall queer representation on TV through his hit albums, movies as well as award-winning TV shows. All these strides have earned him many accolades, and he is now regarded as one of the most influential people in the world. Want to know more about this trailblazer? Then, we have got all the details right here.
Who Is RuPaul and How Old Is He?
RuPaul Andre Charles was born on the 17th of November 1960 in San Diego, California. His father’s name is Irving Charles while his mother’s name is Ernestine Toni Charles. The TV personality also has three sisters namely Renetta, Renae and Rozy Charles. RuPaul spent the first 15 years of his life in California before moving to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend a performing arts high school. In Atlanta; the young man, who always had a penchant for makeup and dress-up, started participating in the underground movie and nightclub circuit. He did this for several years, without much success, and decided to move to New York in 1987. In New York; RuPaul’s tall height, as well as his elaborate getup and makeup, proved to be a big hit on the nightclub scene. He subsequently garnered several TV appearances before launching his own artistic pursuits.
Since his breakthrough in the New York club scene, RuPaul has gone on to become an accomplished musician and actress. He has released not less than 10 studio albums including Supermodel of the World, Foxy Lady, Ho Ho Ho, Red Hot, Glamazon, Born Naked, Realness, Slay Belles and Butch Queen. The San Diego native has also appeared in several movies and TV series including 2 Broke Girls, Ugly Betty, Nash Bridges, Broad City, Adam Ruins Everything, Dangerous Liaisons, The Truth about Jane, The Brady Bunch Movie, and A Very Brady Bunch Sequel etc. RuPaul has also found tremendous success on the small screens.
The drag queen debuted his eponymous talk show on VH1 in 1996. The show ran for two seasons of 100 episodes and was the first national TV program in the US to be hosted by an openly gay person. It featured many celebrity guests including Mary J. Blige, Diana Ross, Nirvana and Bow Wow.
RuPaul is also the originator of a highly-successful reality TV game show known as Drag Race. The show debuted in 2009 and is aimed at discovering America’s next superstar drag queen. The series has received numerous awards including the 2018 and 2019 Primetime Emmy award for outstanding reality-competition program. RuPaul himself has received four consecutive Emmy Awards for his outstanding hosting of the show.
RuPaul’s Height – How Tall Is He?
RuPaul boasts of several distinctive features including a bald head, an oval facial structure as well as his trademark glasses. The drag queen is also quite tall, and further boosts his height by wearing eight-inches high heels. These heels convert his 6 feet 4 inches tall frame into a towering 7 feet plus height. Meanwhile, RuPaul firmly believes in leading a healthy and active lifestyle. He also believes in all-round wellness and starts his morning with 10 minutes of yoga. These stretches give him a proper alignment for the day. Asides yoga, the San Diego native also tries to indulge in three active things each day. It could be hiking, gyming or biking. This type of active lifestyle has paid off as the drag queen now has an enviable slim physique.
Who Is RuPaul’s Husband?
The drag queen is married to long-time boyfriend, Georges LeBar. LeBar is originally from Australia, and the couple first met at a New York nightclub in 1994. They subsequently commenced a relationship, and were together for two decades, before tying the knot in 2017. RuPaul has revealed that he does not believe in the whole marriage ceremony but only tied the knot so as to get the tax incentives available to married couples. The TV personality has also revealed that he and his husband have an open marriage and that they do not want kids. Meanwhile, LeBar is a painter as well as a farmer. He owns a 60,000-acre farm located in South Dakota. He is camera shy and often avoids the trappings of showbiz. The painter-cum-farmer, however, accompanies his superstar husband during important award ceremonies.