RuPaul’s Supermodel of The World Turns 20

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.

RuPaul ‘Supermodel (You Better Work)’ Music Video

RuPaul ‘Everybody Dance’ Music Video

RuPaul ‘A Shade Shady (Now Prance)’ Music Video

RuPaul ‘Back To My Roots’ Music Video

  • Belladonna

    This is one of the best Moments in Queer History! An Up and coming Drag Queen goes on MTV to become a star in a time where it was hard as sh*t to be out & proud and becomes one of the biggest Queer Super Stars of all time with not just 1 but 3 hit shows on LogoTV lol Now thats a girl who WORKED!!! Lol……………P.s I love how so many gay guys say they don’t like Fems but Fems seem to be the biggest and most susseful out of all The Queer People in Hollywood? Lol Maybe Fem Guys shouldnt like non susseful Masculine Guys? Just a Thought!