Supermodel of the World
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (February 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
|Supermodel of the World|
|Studio album by RuPaul|
|Released||June 8, 1993|
|Singles from Supermodel of the World|
Supermodel of the World is the debut studio album by American drag queen RuPaul, released on June 8, 1993 by Tommy Boy Records. With the release of the album, instant — and unexpected — popularity among all types of listeners triggered the ascent of RuPaul to celebrity status. Before the release of the album RuPaul was known primarily for being the only drag queen supermodel, hence the album title.
|This section does not cite any sources. (February 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
African American actress/comedian LaWanda Page (best known as Aunt Esther on the television series Sanford and Son) is featured in spoken word clips on several album tracks, though she is heard most notably on the track "Supermodel (You Better Work)". That song's chorus also features RuPaul repeating the phrase "Sashay! Shantay!" When asked about the meaning of "shantay", RuPaul replied that the term means "to weave a bewitching spell." (Possibly from the French "enchanté" which is cognate to English "enchanted".) The term had previously appeared in the 1990 drag ballroom documentary Paris Is Burning.
The album was reissued on Rhino Records.
The album's first single, "Supermodel (You Better Work)", was a huge club and dance hit that peaked at number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 and achieved Gold sales status. It also reached number 39 in the UK Singles Chart. The video for the song was put into heavy rotation on MTV; this was a huge surprise to RuPaul and his record label as, at the time, the music being heavily played on MTV was grunge, gangsta rap, and rock. In addition to the success of "Supermodel (You Better Work)", "Back to My Roots" charted at #1 on the Billboard Club/Dance Play Songs Chart on July 24, 1993 and #40 in the UK Singles Chart, where it was backed with "House of Love" as a double A-side. "A Shade Shady (Now Prance)" also charted #1 on the Billboard Club/Dance Play Songs on October 9, 1993.
The album when first released became a surprise hit and was met with positive reviews. Alex Henderson from AllMusic gave the album 4 1/2 stars and described the album as "A colorful transvestite and icon of African-American gay culture whose outrageous sense of humor never seems to let up, RuPaul could arguably be described as 'The Little Richard of '90s Dance Music.' But RuPaul isn't the novelty act some have dismissed him as being. Boasting a decent vocal range and a strong passion for '70s disco/soul, RuPaul is a bona fide dance/house music artist whose debut album, Supermodel proved him to be a definite asset to '90s house and R&B. When he tears into 'Supermodel (You Better Work)' and other overtly '70s-influenced dance-floor gems, RuPaul shows himself to be a sweaty, emotional belter who projects a lot more soul and honest emotion than most of the cookie-cutter artists dominating '90s urban-contemporary radio. Hopefully, those able to look past his wild image will come to realize how good a singer he is."
Vince Aletti in The Village Voice wrote that the record "conveys the fizzy, optimistic feel of late 1970s dance music without sounding a bit retro. " Aletti lauded the successful way in which RuPaul had blended camp and commerce into accessible pop. "Ru struts through all this froth with a lot less attitude and a lot more down-to-earth talent than you had any reason to expect," Aletti noted, and saved particular praise for the cut "Back to My Roots," a homage to elaborate African-American hairdos. "Who else could have turned an annotated mantra of black hair styles into an Afrocentric aria?" Aletti wondered.
The album peaked at #109 on the US Billboard 200.
|1.||"Supermodel (You Better Work)"||3:59|
|2.||"Miss Lady DJ"||
|3.||"Free Your Mind"||3:48|
|5.||"House of Love"||3:30|
|6.||"Thinkin' 'Bout You"||
|7.||"Back to My Roots"||
|8.||"Prisoner of Love"||4:24|
|10.||"All of a Sudden"||3:53|
|12.||"A Shade Shady (Now Prance)"||
|US Billboard 200||109|
- Supermodel of the World at AllMusic
- "RUPAUL - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 25 April 2017.