RuPaul’s Drag Race made Emmy Awards history on Monday night, winning not one, but two awards.
The drag competition series, which recently moved from Logo to VH1, won best reality competition and best reality host. RuPaul Charles accepted the honor alongside his co-judges and the production crew.
‘Thank you to the Academy. This is so lovely. We are so happy to present this show,’ he said during the show.
RuPaul Charles made Emmy history with two wins for RuPaul’s Drag Race during the 2018 Emmy Awards
RuPaul accepted his two Emmys for RuPaul’s Drag Race alongside his co-stars, Carson Kressley, Michelle Visage and Ross Mathews
‘I would like to thank, on behalf of the 140 drag queens we have released into the wild, [our producers].’
The 57-year-old LGBTQ icon added a special thank you to ‘all the dreamers out there’.
‘Listen,’ he said. ‘If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen up in here? Now let the music play!’
RuPaul’s Drag Race beat Top Chef, The Voice, The Amazing Race, Project Runway and American Ninja Warrior.
Who is RuPaul?
RuPaul Andre Charles, born November 17, 1960 in San Diego, California, is an American drag icon, actor, singer and songwriter.
He was raised in San Diego, but relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to focus on performing arts. Eventually, RuPaul found himself in New York City at the epicenter of the nightclub scene.
He’s achieved international acclaim as a drag queen and a musician.
In addition to his performance work, RuPaul has been a spokesperson for Mac Cosmetics, helping to raising money for the brand’s AIDS fund.
He’s also hosted his own VH1 talk show, called The RuPaul Show, and co-anchored a WKTU radio show with Michelle Visage.
Throughout his career, RuPaul has released 14 albums. The most recent was called American. Other works include Foxy Lady, Champion, Glamazon and Born Naked.
RuPaul has enjoyed a career as an actor, appearing in films and shows like Crooklyn, The Brady Bunch Movie, Broad City and Netflix’s Girlboss.
He’s also written numerous books, including Lettin’ It All Hang Out and Workin’ It! RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Style.
RuPaul serves as a producer and judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars and RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Who is Georges Lebar?
RuPaul has been dating Australian partner Georges LeBar since 1994. The couple met at Limelight nightclub in New York.
They were married in 2017. Their nuptials were kept under wraps until RuPaul felt the time was right.
He opened up about it for the first time during an interview with Ross Mathews on Hollywood Today Live.
‘I’ve never said this on television before: We are married,’ he confessed.
RuPaul previously told Buzzfeed he wouldn’t marry Georges. He said, however, that even without rings on their fingers they were committed to each other.
‘Is he devoted to me? Am I devoted to him? Oh, hell yes,’ he said at the time.
As for what it is he loves so much about Georges, RuPaul told the outlet: ‘He’s so kind and funny.
‘I remember praying, “I want a sweet, sensitive man,” and I got an Australian who’s just lovely.’
Georges is a painter. He is also the head of a 50-acre ranch in Wyoming.
RuPaul net worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, RuPaul’s net worth is about $16 million (£12.1m).
He’s made the majority of his money from his reality shows, though he’s also received serious pay-outs from his many acting roles, his music career and his work as an author.
RuPaul at the Emmys
RuPaul Charles attended the 2018 Emmy Awards and was even part of the show. He made his first appearance on stage early on, during the opening sketch.
The drag queen stepped out holding a phone with a call for Saturday Night Live’s Keenan Thompson informing him that diversity in Hollywood was still very much an issue, despite his catchy tune stating otherwise.
After the call was complete, RuPaul quipped: ‘Wait, hold up. Y’all called me up here for one line in a stupid skit? Y’all ain’t right.’
He made his second appearance of the night on stage to accept the Emmy for outstanding reality competition program.
RuPaul arrived on stage to accept the honor beside Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews.
‘I would like to thank on behalf of the 140 drag queen we have released into the wild…,’ he said before thanking all those who work with him to create the show.
He then added: ‘To all of the dreamers out there, listen, if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen for that?’
The competition series also won outstanding host for a reality series.
RuPaul wore a white Calvin Klein 205W39NYC suit with an Andy Warhol print of the Statue of Liberty on the side. He paired the look with orange Calvin Klein boots.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 began filming in late May. The reality show is expected to return to VH1 in March.
The cast hasn’t been confirmed, but rumor has it Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Plastique Tiara, A’keria Chanel Davenport and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo from season 10 will appear on the show when it’s back.