Thursday, February 25, 2010

RuPaul: Workin' It: RuPaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style

When it comes to the world of “drag”, one thing is indisputable: RuPaul Andre Charles is its’ king, or shall I say, queen. RuPaul, as he is commonly known, has almost singlehandedly elevated what was once a practice found only in gay clubs, into an international phenomenon. And he, himself has evolved into a one-named magnate. You name it, he’s put his stamp on it: albums, tv/movie appearances and production deals. When he is not serving as host and mentor for his hit TV show: “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, he is penning books, the latest of which is ‘Workin’It: RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Style’, with photography by his longtime makeup artist Mathu Andersen.

In ‘Workin It’, RuPaul dishes on everything from makeup and hair, to his thoughts on success and hard earned life lessons. Known for such quotables as, “We are born naked, the rest is drag”, and “What other people think of me is none of my business”, Ru does not disappoint in giving his readers the real skinny. ‘Workin’ It’ is written in the conversational style you would expect from RuPaul: honest, frank and certainly humorous. And it’s not just for aspiring “queens”. There are real practical ideas that are applicable to any reader who loves beauty, or is interested in personal success. Naturally as presentation is the name of RuPaul’s game, ‘Workin' It’ is visually gorgeous. It’s filled with fabulous photos that would inspire any makeup artist or lover of the makeup palette.

While I didn’t agree all of RuPaul’s philosophy, there were certainly a number of good “takeaways”, that I found useful and memorable.

To see for yourself, check out ‘Workin’It: RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Style’ at or a bookstore near you.


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