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Workin' It! Rupaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style

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Workin’ It!, the new book from world-renowned recording artist, television host, and drag queen RuPaul, provides helpful and provocative tips on fashion, beauty, style, and confidence for girls and boys, both straight and gay—and everyone in between! No one knows more about life, self-expression, and style than the host of the hit LOGO series "RuPaul’s Drag Race," and Work ...more
Paperback, 1 edition, 192 pages
Published February 15th 2010 by It Books (first published January 15th 2010)
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Dana
Feb 17, 2010 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
favorite part is when she talks about getting a high colonic
Vanessa (V.C.)
I'm a huge Rupaul fan, always have been, but this book was pretty disappointing. Though he offers quite a bit of wisdom and words of advice on how to love oneself and to be true with yourself, this book was pretty scattered and disorganized in its format and execution. He comes from talking about confidence, loving yourself, and achieving your goals, to then talking about himself, then about what drag-queens-in-the-making should do to mold their image, then more and more about himself again. Abo ...more
Ko
Nov 10, 2012 Ko rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of RuPaul's work, style and attitude for a long time, so this book was a natural "must-have" for me. Too bad it was such a disappointment.

Aside from the lack of content -- the book is half comprised of photo spreads of RuPaul which, while beautifully done, leave an already small book downright emaciated -- the book suffers from a lack of identity and purpose. What there is to read comes across more as musings from a journal or rough draft than a finished book.

Ru, a shining beacon
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Rae
Jun 20, 2015 Rae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
This book is so strange. I don't know if reading the kindle edition contributes to that, but it felt like very disjointed notes the Ru had down as ideas for a book. I'm a huge Ru fan and really enjoyed his first book, this one was just "meh". Listen to his podcast, what's the t?, for real charming insights. This book really needed a better editor.
Kathleen
Apr 30, 2012 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I've been watching a lot of RuPaul's Drag Race lately, and s/he's always plugging this book on the show, so I read it. When I ordered it from the library, I wasn't really sure what it was about or who it was for. And I can't really say now that I have read it that I have any real clarity on either of those questions. What I can say about it is this:

It begins with RuPaul's philosophy of life. And although that might sound kind of cheesy--I would be totally lying if I said that it didn't stimulate
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Renata
Feb 11, 2013 Renata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aspiring drag queens and/or diehard RuPaul fans
Shelves: nonfiction, grownup
I used to flip through this at my friend Stacey's apartment and I finally sat down and read it all the way through. Like... obviously I love RuPaul. Obviously. I love his positive attitude and ~realness~ in and out of drag, and my favorite parts of this book revolved around that. (Sometimes it gets borderline The Secret-esque, which I hate, but... whatever.) There were also a ton of gorgeous photos of Ru in drag. I also enjoyed reading, in DETAIL, about all the work Ru puts into her drag. For so ...more
Ravi Batra
Aug 13, 2012 Ravi Batra rated it it was amazing
Very inspirational and gave me my basics for developing my own style! I have written down many of his quotes that I will return to for inspiration. RuPaul definitely has done his spiritual work, his research on make-up, proportions, communication, and himself and it inspires me to do my own work on standing out and being my unique self.

"You're born naked, the rest is drag"
Meg
Apr 21, 2011 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it for the pictures ;)
Ad Astra
Yeah, it's Rupaul. It's a short book about way too much detail about lace wigs and how early she gets up for a day of work, and also I can't eat fruit anymore with a meal without hearing Rupaul in my head advising me to eat fruit alone. There's a lot of neat tidbits of wisdom and things that Rupaul has found work for him. It's like a cool little trip into his mind. There's a lot of positive up beat things, a couple of stories, but mostly just stuff about her.
Emm
Aug 31, 2012 Emm rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is nothing but fluff. Not to say I expected anything profound, but this life-guide completely fails to hit home on any level--which is too bad because if anyone could have been light-hearted yet sincere, it is Ru. He falls short however, (and I agree with another reviewer here) he comes off as completely out of touch.

But, pictures are fun and sometimes it's ok to take a half-hour to zone out.
Courtney
Feb 28, 2010 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so maybe I don't need to know how to achieve the perfect tuck (which I could do after reading this, btw). I still think there's a lot to be learned about self-esteem and presenting oneself as well as possible from drag queens; and since RuPaul is the queen of queens, what better place to start? I recommend this to anyone who wants to be fierce and fabulous!
Bridgid
Nov 19, 2012 Bridgid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A guide to being true to yourself, and loving yourself.
Jen
Jan 06, 2017 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You guys, RuPaul is a national treasure. His message is all about positivity and loving yourself, and he's been busting down walls all his life. I first learned of him (and drag in general) when I was a 15-year-old kid who watched too much MTV. Seeing his "Supermodel" video gave me my first look into a world that I didn't know anything about at the time but instantly loved. Drag queens make the world a better place; I have such admiration for anyone who has no doubt been through some bullcrap, b ...more
Gabi
Nov 08, 2016 Gabi rated it liked it
Nice, easy read.

I absolutely admire RuPaul. This book is actually well written and gives good life tips. Maybe because I don't do drag I couldn't appreciate those particular tips, but if you do, it's extremely helpful! Besides that, I really enjoyed the overall optimism in the book.
Blair Stackhouse
RuPaul is magic

This book reminded me of Amber Rose's book. A lot of it isn't new information, but it is the voice. The advice coming from RuPaul means so much more than advice from some wishy washy guru. I love RuPaul!
Jeff
Feb 28, 2017 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this book 7 stars
Olivier Barrette
I must admit! I am a fan of Rupaul and everything that surrounds the world of drag, so it is not surprising for me to give such a rating to this book!
Chris
Nov 04, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love me some Mama Ru. This is a great guide to simplifying your quest for what you want! A+!
Olive
Oct 30, 2016 Olive rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous and inspirational life advice from the one and only Mama Ru.
Cori Beasley
Mar 11, 2017 Cori Beasley rated it it was amazing
Work it!

So great to get an inside look at one of the people I admire most in the world! The writing has all the sass you would expect from this wonderfully beautiful pop icon, while also giving the reader some lessons to ponder on.
A great read for EVERYONE!
Miss Ryoko
Jul 24, 2012 Miss Ryoko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love RuPaul so much!! He (and she) is one of my inspirations! I'm really drawn to RuPaul because of his positivity and overall kindness but at the same time, he's so spunky and sassy. I've known all this about RuPaul long before reading this book, where he definitely talks about how he works to stay positive and kind. Anyone who watches RuPaul knows this because he just exudes such positive energy (both in and out of drag).

My favorite part about this book were all the fabulous pictures of Ru i
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Brigette
I enjoyed this book, or actually the two books that were contained in 1 book, which is why this "book" doesn't really work as "A" book... If this book were written in 2 parts, (which I think they were) and not thrown together to make 1 book, I would have really, really enjoyed it. The book begins as RuPaul takes you into his life growing up, the trials gone thru, and really gets to your emotional side. Who knew that we (RuPaul and I) have similar life experiences and views about life? It's prett ...more
Wendi
Jun 27, 2010 Wendi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, what's to say? I have always been fascinated by RuPaul's drag-a-lusciousness. I enjoyed the photos and some of the "advice" written inside, but it all feels like a regurgitation of a mash up of Oprah, Deepak Chopra, and Eckhart Tolle. Wait, those last two guys were on Oprah!

There's really not much original thought outside of Ru's own personal stories. The pictures were fun, from a purely theatrical point of view. Have I mentioned how much I like glitter and sparklies?

"Workin' It!" will pr
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Adam Dunn
Jul 27, 2015 Adam Dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
I would agree that this book needs a focus but I liked it. For some reason I thought is was for women, the blurb says this will provide beauty and style tips, which I wasn't interested in, so it took me a while to read the book. I do enjoy spending the time with Ru and I love his ideas about self and philosophy and there was some of that in here, which for me is what made the book worth reading.
There is a lot of filler, photos and randomness, but there's gems here too and you can read the book i
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Amy Westgarth
Dec 21, 2015 Amy Westgarth rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm a little late to the RuPaul party, having only discovered Drag Race this year (finally), but have been obsessed with it all since then so this was a very thoughtful Secret Santa present for me.

I love this because it's RuPaul and is packed with fabulous pictures of him in drag, as well as a couple out of drag, which are interesting to see.

In terms of the text itself, it's a brief history of RuPaul's career, some recent anecdotes and insight into his daily life, a style guide and a self-help
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Jory
RuPaul is like the life coach that I've ever met. I've always loved her. She has always been so good on the life lessons to me. And she's not one of those bitchy drag queens either. She's kind and helpful, really. Sure, she can get bitchy but who can't? This book proves how much I love RuPaul.

Part self-help, part description of what it takes to actually be a drag queen, complete with full pages of how SHE becomes one, I was amazed at how light and fun this book was. It took me about a day and a
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Christopher
Mar 26, 2012 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The content between the covers of this book are as light as RuPaul's signature dinner entree of a tic-tac on a plate, though fortunately, what little bit is actually there is every bit as minty fresh and delightful. Ru's guide to life is overstuffed with glamour shots of the world's most famous drag queen (because really, who could ever get sick of looking at RuPaul?), dotted along the way with sparse yet punchy essays about looking good, feeling good, and making the world feel good about you. R ...more
Heather
Mar 06, 2014 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
So, I kind of love RuPaul and since I've been on a particular Drag Race kick of late, I thought I'd have a read of this here book. And, errr, it was okay. It had moments of the RuPaul sass, and all that stuff, but it was just a lot of filler. A lot.

When I read Gene Simmons' books I disliked the amount of pulled quotes and random interludes of photos, and it happens again here. A lot of photo pages is fine, but when a random two page spread with quotes and tips appears in the middle of a fluid se
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Breige
Jun 18, 2015 Breige rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I've started watching RuPaul's Drag Race last year, I've been such a big fan. So when I saw this in a shop I snatched it up straight away! This book is a mix between a coffee table book (in that the photos of Ru by Mathu Anderson are stunning and are worth picking up this book for alone) and RuPaul's tips and tricks to life, from styling yourself to your own personal attitude towards everything. If you're looking for something that's more of a biography for RuPaul's life, then you ain't go ...more
Connie
Sep 14, 2015 Connie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Source: I was lent a copy of this book by my roommate.
Cost: Free Loan

Title: Workin' It!
Author: Rupaul Charles
Genre: Biography, advice
Overall Rating: 3 stars

As someone who is a massive fan of Rupaul, stemming from the discovery of Rupaul's Drag Race on Netflix and binge marathoning it on an epic proportion, I expected a lot more from this book. To me, Rupaul initially has come off as someone who encourages self love no matter what you look like. Someone who throws caution to the wi
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RuPaul (born RuPaul Andre Charles) is an American drag performer, dance music singer, actor, and songwriter who gained fame in the 1990s; appearing in a wide variety of television programs, films, and musical albums. Though a catty attitude is often associated with drag queens, RuPaul intentionally displayed a "love one another" attitude to be set apart from them. Although primarily known for an e ...more
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“Whatever you proclaim as your identity here in the material realm is also your drag. You are not your religion. You are not your skin color. You are not your gender, your politics, your career, or your marital status. You are none of the superficial things that this world deems important. The real you is the energy force that created the entire universe!” 62 likes
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