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He appeared for many years at the annual Wigstock drag festival and appeared in the documentary Wigstock: The Movie.
In the 1990s, Ru Paul was known in the UK for his appearances on the Channel 4 series Manhattan Cable, a weekly series produced by World of Wonder and presented by American Laurie Pike about New York's wild and wacky public-access television system.
He participated in underground cinema, helping create the low-budget film Star Booty, and an album by the same name.
That year, he received his own talk show on VH1, The Ru Paul Show, which garnered 100 episodes while co-hosting the morning radio show on WKTU with Michelle Visage.
The music video was an unexpected success on MTV channels, as grunge and gangsta rap were popular at the time. It further charted on the UK Singles Chart, peaking on the top 40 at #39.
The song found the most success on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, where it peaked at #2. How people see me doesn't change what I decide to do.
Ru Paul's first prominent United States national exposure came in 1989 with an extra role dancing in the video for "Love Shack" by The B-52's.
In the early 1990s, Ru Paul worked the Georgia club scene and was known by his full birth name.
He has had continued success as a recording artist, releasing 14 studio albums to date, including Foxy Lady (1996), Champion (2009), Glamazon (2011), Born Naked (2014) and American (2017).