'Workin It' with RuPaul: Eight essential bon mots from the drag legend's new book
RuPaul’s back tonight with the second season of the reality delight that is RuPaul’s Drag Race on Logo. But the drag superstar isn’t just reigning over our TV sets these days: She’s workin’ the bookshelves, too, with a new book, Workin’ It: RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style, which hits stores tomorrow. (How’s that for cross-promotion? Talk about knowing how to work!)
Before I get too deep into this, I have to just say that, if for nothing else, Ru’s new book is worth picking up just for the photos alone. Look at the cover there on the left—and just please realize that RuPaul’s pompadoured look here is only about 1/100th of the fabulosity inside. The thing is a veritable photo book of Ru’s amazing looks throughout the years! This is the type of book that’s, truly, coffee table-worthy without actually being a coffee table picture book.
So now, rather than bore you with a straight up review of Workin’ It—because c’mon, there’s now way I wouldn’t just love all over this hilarious guide to life and style from RuPaul—I thought I’d regale you with one delicious bon mot—and a little accompanying T. Stran commentary—from each section of the book. So without further adieu:
Introduction: “Remember to love yourself, because if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Can I get an amen in here?”
If you’re a Drag Race fan, then this maxim has a particularly special place, as Ru often uses it to lift up the ladies on her dragtastic reality show.
Chapter 1: It’s Your Attitude, Quite Frankly: “Today, kindness is the new cool. Being kind illustrates the highest level of consciousness and deliberate optimism.”
Tell it, gurlfriend! I love that Ru doesn’t use her platform to promote drag-queen bitchery but self-empowerment, instead. Yes, I’m a sap.
Chapter 2: Give Me Body: “Ever been to a dinner party where a guest insists on standing and talking as they eat? Ew, gross! Food flying out of their mouths! Or on the subway when somebody whips out some Chinese takeout and it smells up the entire car? Double gross! Food should be eaten deliberately at a table.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. I didn’t want to go into it here, but one of the best parts about Chapter 2 starts on page 45 when Ru goes into the first time she got a “high colonic.” Literally.
Chapter 3: Wake Up to Makeup: “Shaving my natural eyebrows gives me way more eyelid for shadow.”
Who would’ve guessed?
Chapter 4: Love Is in the Hair: “The biggest hurdle in finding the right wig stylist is making sure he or she doesn’t turn your girl into a ‘pageant-do’ or, worse, the ‘matronly mother-in-law.'”
See, I would have thought both the “pageant-do” and “matronly mother-in-law” were just what drag queens would love! But not the case.
Chapter 5: The Wardrobe Department: “When wearing all white, always wear a black bra and panties.”
Clearly! Genius suggestion, Ru.
Chapter 6: Money, Power, and Success: “If you say you’re gonna do something, then by George, you better do it. Being true to your world is important because you don’t want to lose trust in yourself.”
A hilarious added bonus to this chapter is the “The Things I Learned from Watching Judge Judy.” Which include No. 9: “Don’t allow BB guns anywhere.” Hehehe.
Extra: RuPaul’s Confessions: “I like to tuck my shirttails into my underwear to keep my shirt flat to my body. Hip-hugger men’s underwear works best because the band is much lower than the waistband of my slacks.”
My world was blown wide open after reading this. RuPaul tucks shirts into underwear? The horror! But actually, the advice makes sense.
To you readers out there: Do these little tidbits of advice from RuPaul make you want to pick up the book? Are you gonna watch the premiere of Drag Race today? Can you honestly believe that RuPaul advocates tucking your shirt into your underwear?
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