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

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More than just a style guide, this is a navigation system through the bumpy road of life. Let RuPaul teach you the tried, tested and found true techniques that will propel you from background player to shining star!

No more playing small, your time is now!

"Workin' It!" will provide helpful and provocative tips on fashion, beauty, style and confidence for girls and boys, str
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 15th 2010 by HC 360 (first published January 15th 2010)
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Feb 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
favorite part is when she talks about getting a high colonic
Vanessa (V.C.)
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Diego Hernández
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-n-2017
Me gustó, pero no fue lo que yo esperaba.Creí que era algo biográfico, pero no.
RuPaul definitivamente es uno de mis role models en la vida. Gracias por existir.
Si están involucrados o tienen que ver en algo con la moda, o son Drag queens, definitivamente, esta es la mejor guía que pueden tener.
Las frases de Mama Ru (como ya lo sabemos), son lo mejor del mundo y aplican a la vida de cualquier persona.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
I read it for the pictures ;)
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, deal
I adore Ru, but this just fell so flat for me. She goes from the dgaf-attitude re: materialism and not caring what other people think to you need so-and-so designer brand. There are some inspiring words and thoughts, as well as some really weak platitudes. Oh-no-she-betta-didn't :(

Later in the reading, I found myself receiving queen advice, which was unexpected and read as B or C magazine fashion tips - probably decent recs, but that writing and flow. I much prefer her (and him) in verbal forma
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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!” 68 likes
“When the going gets tough, the tough reinvent.” 48 likes
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