Ru Paul has also published two books: Lettin' It All Hang Out (1995) and Workin' It (2010).
His reality television series Ru Paul's Drag Race, which follows Ru Paul in his search for the next drag superstar, has produced eight seasons and inspired the spin-off shows Ru Paul's Drag U & Ru Paul's All Stars Drag Race on LGBTQ network Logo TV.
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.
Radio airplay, heavy rotation of the music video on MTV and television appearances on popular programs like The Arsenio Hall Show popularized the song. I don't choose projects so people don't see me as one thing or another. I think the problem is that people refuse to understand what drag is outside of their own belief system.
His next two singles/videos, "Back to My Roots" and "A Shade Shady (Now Prance)" both went #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and furthered his campy persona. charts, despite rising to #68 on the UK Singles Chart.
Between them, "House of Love" was released without a video. Ru Paul was signed to a modeling contract for MAC Cosmetics, making him the first drag queen supermodel.
The same year, he landed his own talk show The Ru Paul Show which ran for two years on VH1 before co-hosting the morning radio show on WKTU with Michelle Visage.
In 1996, he became a spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics, raising money for the Mac AIDS Fund and becoming the first drag queen supermodel.He played opposite New York City drag performer Mona Foote (Nashom Benjamin) in the one-act science-fiction parody "My Pet Homo" written and directed by Jon Michael Johnson for Cooper Square Productions.