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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, strMore 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, straight and gay - and everyone in between! No one knows more about life, self-expression and style than RuPaul! With photos by Mathu Andersen from the new season of RuPaul's Drag Race and a fresh look at style and inner beauty, "Workin' It!" will pick up where the show leaves off. The book will be as colourful, fun, and intriguing as RuPaul, with insights into makeup, clothing choices and the illusion of drag. Fans of RuPaul will get piece of Ru's philosophy on style and attitude - and how it's more than the clothes that make the man, or woman! With four colour photos throughout and a fresh, funky design "Workin' It!" will be the perfect guide to RuPaul - part style guide, part confidence manifesto, and entirely fabulous!...

Title : Workin' It! Rupaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style
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ISBN : 9780061985836
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Workin' It! Rupaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style Reviews

  • Dana
    2018-11-24 07:20

    favorite part is when she talks about getting a high colonic

  • Vanessa (V.C.)
    2018-11-14 11:19

    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. About a good 85% of this book is pure filler, with too much information on Rupaul's working schedule, makeup, and hair. There was never any transition, this book was basically going with the flow. The only thing I did really love about this book was the pictures, which showcases just how absolutely STUNNING the amazing Rupaul is in and outside of drag. Overall, this was a fun, quick read, but nothing special.

  • Ko
    2018-12-09 11:14

    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 of optimism and kindness, actually manages to come across as sort of unlikeable and out-of-touch in this book. What little advice there was came across either as unapproachable if you don't share his spiritual beliefs or as impractical for someone who doesn't live the very specific lifestyle Ru does (i.e. someone with a 9-5 job or on a tight budget).For example, his advice includes hiring an expensive tailor (because "good ones are expensive") to fit your clothes and style you, to change your nail polish to match your outfit every day, and because he hasn't done his own hair in 20 years his advice for wig styling is to hire someone else to do it.Anyone looking for actual advice on style and attitude should look elsewhere. If you want some glossy promotional shots of Ru (mostly taken from Drag Race seasons 1 and 2) this might satisfy you.

  • Rae
    2018-11-26 05:14

    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
    2018-11-15 09:14

    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.

  • Kathleen
    2018-11-15 11:35

    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 a rousing conversation with my awesome office mate today. And, I totally agree with what RuPaul has to say about the universe, spirituality, and whatnot. I've read hindu sages, buddhist monks, and the Supermodel of the World, and they all say the same thing and they're all awesome.There are chapters where Ru gives basic fashion advice--and in these chapters, she addresses "civilian" men and women. There are also chapters where Ru explains the process of transforming from civilian to drag queen/Supermodel of the World. It was an interesting description for sure.There's also a pretty in depth description of Ru's first colonic--which, honestly, made me kind of want to get one.Overall, it was an enjoyable 90 minutes of reading with tons of great pictures.

  • Renata
    2018-11-27 10:27

    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 someone who wanted to start doing drag, this might be a good how-to manual. For a fan, it's a cool behind the scenes look.Also there is a lot of advice in here that I read and was immediately like, "I am NOT doing that." Get up at 4:30am to work out? I am NOT doing that. Invest in cashmere sweaters as part of your basic travel wardrobe? I am NOT doing that. Never eat in public? Never eat after the sun goes down? I am NOT doing that. And that's why RuPaul is RuPaul and I am me.~You're born naked and the rest is drag~

  • Ravi Batra
    2018-11-25 03:25

    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
    2018-11-28 04:17

    I read it for the pictures ;)

  • Jackie
    2018-12-03 08:20

    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 format across interviews and RPDR, where the articulation, intelligence, and intuition come through.

  • Ida
    2018-12-07 04:36

    RuPaul is great. This was a fantastic mix of fashion tips and life advice. Loved it.

  • Ad Astra
    2018-12-01 09:38

    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
    2018-11-16 07:37

    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
    2018-11-23 03:13

    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
    2018-11-30 09:12

    A guide to being true to yourself, and loving yourself.

  • Ovary Scary
    2018-11-22 10:27

    I wanted to read this to get more of an insight on Rupaul. I think he gives very good advice, but maybe because I don't really care for fashion that I didn't care about those tips. I love seeing fashion, but it isn't something I'd go out of my way to research. same with his insanely strict diet. I couldn't do it. ever.some of the advice in the book has helped me deal with tough times and exhausting people, I always knew Ru was wise. I never ever thought it would resonate with me the way that it did so I'm pretty impressed. the one thing that bothered me was... does Ru not know what happened to Dorothy after Oz? cause I got a collection of Oz adventures around me. being someone who knows pretty much everything. and it being his favourite book, I thought he would know that. hehe. :p

  • Ellen
    2018-11-22 05:22

    RuPaul is an icon of mine, and his show is the topic of my dissertation. I went into this book expecting heart felt stories about growing up LGBTQ+ and all the trials and tribulations he went through, but it was not what found. Not to say it was bad, I just jumped at the gun. Workin' It! is a small autobiography written by Ru himself discussing his general life, from dressing down to dressing up, wigs, make-up, the whole shebang. Would definitely recommend if you're interested in what goes into drag, maybe not for those looking for sob stories.Very light and fluffy, plenty of pictures which makes it a very quick read. Does include some useful tips I'll be using in my daily life though!

  • Haleigh
    2018-11-18 05:28

    This book is basically about nothing...but I love RuPaul enough to kind of not care. None of the chapters were really fleshed out, and the content was pretty basic. It almost seemed like an outline of a book, rather than the finished product. There were the expected lines on confidence and self love, which are always valuable, even if you've heard them before. I love the idea of a genuine, thorough guide on developing personal style from someone as powerful and iconic as RuPaul, especially if it could really focus and expand on the idea that "whatever you put on after you get out of the shower is your drag." This book was too cursory to be any of that.

  • Paige
    2018-12-02 11:37

    Maybe this book doesn’t deserve a 1 star rating but that’s what I’m giving it because of how disappointed I am. I love RuPaul as an entertainer but as a writer? No. Just no. There was barely any content!! There was absolutely no point to this book. There was no direction or clear objective. The whole thing was just all over the place! With short, barely informative chapters/paragraphs, what exactly was the purpose? First it’s a self help book, then a how-to-style, then a RuPaul diet guide, and so on. I just felt like there was no clear direction and as a long time fan, I’m very disappointed.

  • Dolly
    2018-11-27 03:18

    I love me some RuPaul, but this book was all over the place. I couldn't tell if it was meant for aspiring drag queens (there was a whole chapter on wigs) or anyone who has an appreciation for Mama Ru. Half of it is comprised of photos which, while lovely, did feel like fluff to make up for a lack of content. Definitely not worth the $15 I paid for the Kindle version. I still give it 3 stars because I'm such a huge fan and there were a few gems of wisdom "tucked" here and there. Conclusion: While Ms. Ru's runway looks soared off the pages like a majestic eagle, the book as a whole was a flamingo flop.

  • Natosha Ann Locken
    2018-11-24 07:12

    Can I get an Amen?I admire RuPaul, RuPaul’s drag race has brought me a lot of joy in some very trying times. RuPaul’s Drag U is what referred me to this book, and frankly, Ru’s belief system is interesting; full of positivity, authenticity, and an effort to genuinely believe in oneself, it’s a worthwhile read. My sole complaint, is, that the explanation of the components of drag-while interesting- had been given more of an introduction than it was. That being said, knowing now the intricacies of what they go through, those Queens WORK.

  • Dann Dempsey
    2018-12-05 08:17

    I bought this book on a lark cuz it was on sale and I love Starrbooty. Boy was I in for a surprise when it turned out not to be a schlocky ghostwritten fluff piece.If you've never read anything by RuPaul Charles, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. It somehow comes off as lighthearted while taking an unflinching look at serious themes and giving practical advice about colonics, advaita vedanta, and how to pack for trips.

  • Christine Snyder
    2018-12-15 09:10

    I love RuPaul like the next queen, but (and it's a big one) this was the most shallow and uninteresting thing to read. I imagined a great bunch of colorful stories, and I got a mess of chech-line tabloid "articles." There are about 3 good pages of inspirational and deep messages amongst the dozens of pages of shallow "How to make it in Hollywood" junk. It comes of as boring and ingenuine.

  • Kelsey
    2018-11-16 11:12

    3.5 Although this book was cheesy at times and full of cliches, coming from Mama Ru it’s endearing. It had me laughing out loud and smiling at some of the simple truths she writes about. Also enjoyed the details about her daily routine and everything that goes into being her. It was a quick and pleasant read that anybody who is a fan of Drag Race or RuPaul should enjoy.

  • Monica Michelle
    2018-12-01 04:26

    If you listen to nothing else I say Read his foreword If you listen to nothing else I say Read his foreword the rest is wonderful and some very good advice but the first few pages are mind and life changing

  • Queen
    2018-11-28 05:12

    The first chapter of the book is really all you need to read. I thought that part was inspiring and I really thought I'd be in for a treat. Unfortunately, the rest of the book didn't have any real substance.

  • Angie
    2018-11-17 07:26

    It's Ru. It's pretty much what you'd expect. Fun and sassy and positive - almost painfully so. However, I don't know if it was the Kindle format or what but it felt almost like there were bits missing.

  • Cair
    2018-12-03 06:13

    A sweet refreshing readThis was a quick pick-me-up book. Whoever doesn’t love RuPaul is jaded passed redemption. It does need a little updating however. I’m sure Ru has even more insights and hints to add since it was first written.

  • Lizzie
    2018-12-06 05:21

    Enjoyable nonsense

  • Lauren
    2018-11-21 09:32

    A book of fashion, humor, and self-love. Slightly scant on content.