Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Sunday, June 11, 2017

RUPAUL: Supermodel of the World!

"Once upon a time, there was a little black girl in the Brewster projects of Detroit, Michigan.  At 15, she was spotted by an Ebony Fashion Faire talent scout, and her modeling career took off."

He was born RuPaul Andre Charles but he is known quite simply as RuPaul.  He has taken drag out of the clubs and boldly thrust it into homes of people around the world via his hit television series RuPaul's Drag Race.  I, however, have loved him since I first saw him on MTV back in 1993 when his video for Supermodel hit the scene.  

I still find his rise to success odd.  His first CD Supermodel You Better Work was released on TommyBoy Records.  This was a predominately hip hop label.  How in the world this big black obviously gay man land a recording gig with them?  I don't know, I'm just glad that he did.

RuPaul's influence in the dance music industry and on the LGBT community is undeniable.  He has released a total of eleven studio albums.  Additionally his show Drag Race has launched the music careers of countless contestants like ShangelaBebe Zahara BenetAlaska Thunderfuck, and Adore Delano.

RuPaul's Drag Race (presently in its ninth season) has gained such popularity that it has transferred from the Logo Network to VH1.  I personally see RuPaul as a trailblazer and a pioneer for the LGBT community and for the drag community.  Some of my personal favorite songs of his include Don’t Be Jealous of My BoogieThe Realness, and her duet with Martha Wash  Can I Get an Amen,  But if I really want to get my life I go back to some of his earlier stuff like Miss Lady DJBack To my Roots, and R U Nasty.

But with all of her great music, my all time Ru favorite is still her very first single.  It's the song that put her on our radar and made her a household name.

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