During a time when grunge, gangsta rap, and rock dominated MTV airtime, somehow a little known drag queen named RuPaul managed to infiltrate the network with her infectious hit, “Supermodel (You Better Work).” The clip’s heavy rotation on MTV gave Ru her biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit to date. The unexpected success of the track motivated the 52-year-old and her record label, Tommy Records, to release an entire album. Ru’s debut effort Supermodel of the World hit stores today 20 years ago.
In honor of RuPaul’s groundbreaking efforts, I thought it was only appropriate to highlight the album which spawned three huge club hits. “Supermodel (You Better Work)” peaked at No. 45 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on the dance chart. “A Shade Shady (Now Prance)” and “Back to My Roots” both reached the pole position on Billboard’s club chart. Imagine if the world didn’t fall in love with Ru name dropping supermodel names. We would’ve never known the marvel that is RuPaul’s Drag Race. Check out the released tracks from her debut effort below.