Two decades after RuPaul’s iconic debut Supermodel of the World, the drag diva reminisces on the hardships and dreams of fame that cemented his spot in Hollywood.
It took being crowned the Queen of Manhattan while shacking up in NYC that pushed the drag goddess to work on a demo tape with producer Eric Kupper for that one shot into superstardom. Unfortunately, it didn’t mean super cash as soon as the ink on the record deal contract with Tommy Boy dried.
“At the time [Kupper] lived right by where the World Trade towers were. I was living in the East Village and they gave me money to produce the album and to live off,” he said. “I don’t remember how much it was but it wasn’t a lot. So I was still scrounging for money and catching the bus over to his house. Every time I think of that album I think of being on the bus and listening to Paula Abdul’s Spellbound.”
It then took his own monster hit “Supermodel (You Better Work)” to turn Ru from underground star to glam icon, a transformation he knew was coming.
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