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

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, 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!


  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006198583X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061985836
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
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6 thoughts on “Workin’ It!: RuPaul’s Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style”

  1. I loved this book. Miss RuPaul is workin it and has got it goin on!

    A little more seriously, RuPaul should be commended for styling a self improvement book that works from the inside out (of a person). I was thoroughly impressed with the spiritual side of RuPaul as presented. He has walked a very rocky road and is here to offer his experience, strengh, and hope (as they say in 12 step meetings) so that others may graciously learn the “ropes” rather than having to experience them. Actually, this book is considerably(!) more provocative than expected. I stupidly assumed it would be full of frolic and whimsy–and it has those moments–however, the bulk of it is dedicated to telling his sobering story and sharing the wisdom he has accrued through the years. It’s very much, ultimately, a “feel good” story. I originally bought the Kindle edition but was so impressed with what he had to say that I subsequently purchased the hardback so I could highlight and have ready access to many of his philosphical offerings. Four and a half stars. Highly recommended.

    By the way, to me, this is not a gay or straight book. It’s a person book noting the things he has learned through years of drag and other life experiences.

  2. I bought this book because I am a long time fan of Rupaul’s work! I’m even hooked on “Rupaul’s Drag Race”….the only reality TV show I watch; it’s just TOO entertaining!

    Too bad this book doesn’t live up to all of Ru’s former success. I had a much more thorough review written until it got deleted by accident (sadface) so I will just summarize here:

    – Beautiful full color photos litter every other page of this book…some very fabulous shos of Ru in all her glamorous glory!
    – Insights into the workday schedule Ru had for filming her new show. We see just how hard a worker she has to be and how much effort goes into getting all dolled up in drag.
    – Ru’s ebulient personality shines, especially in the introduction. The best advice the book gives is to always have positive energy and to let go of drama (if you are already someone who believes in “getting what you give” then you can probably go spend your 20 dollars elsewhere)

    – 20 dollars for a thin little paperback book?! (the glossy photos must account for this! Glad I got a good deal for it here on Ebay!)
    – Can be read in less than an hour.
    -Very little information of actual substance (Do we really care about the fact that you don’t eat fruit in tandem with any other foods s if it were a miracle diet solution? Do we really want to hear all about how you had a colonoscopy in full detail so that you could get a “Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity Booty!”?)
    – This book is advertised as a guide to style and to life, but the information is very brief and very general.Read more ›

  3. I bought this mainly because I’m a RuPaul fan but was pleasantly surprised that it was packed full of great positive advice and life lessons. There are tons of photos of Ru that are fun to see as he’s in all sorts of different looks. You’ll learn a lot about Ru himself and some of his ups and downs in his life and how doing the right thing, positive attitude and networking can bring you great things in life. Of course there’s plenty of style tips for both men and women so there’s something for everyone in this book. Its a fun read that just gives you a great positive feeling and these days we all can use some good energy and feel good. I really enjoyed it!

  4. RuPaul’s latest book is a self help book, but one for both the inner and outer you. It’s as funny and frivolous as his TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, but also like the TV show, has moments of insight and honest revelation.

    There are of course, many beauty tips for women but also a nice helping of clothing tips for men. You’ll learn a bit about RuPaul’s history and how he came to be a world-renowned star and also find out some of the life lessons he’s learned along the way.

    The book starts off quite serious laying out RuPaul’s basic tenants of living a full and happy life. I suspect RuPaul has read some Eckhart Tolle as I heard a lot of his ideas echoed in the Introduction.

    I would have liked a slightly more in-depth book, but enjoyed the many and varied photos of RuPaul throughout. Maybe a photo book should be next on his list of things to do.

    Positive, uplifting, inspiring, funny and even candid, Workin’ It has something for everyone to enjoy.

  5. This is my favorite book. I read it everyday for motivation an inspiration. Ru’s personality just shines through and you find yourself craving more and more. This is a book to live by NOT just to read!

  6. Buy this if you need some inspiration. I have loved RuPaul since the MAC Cosmetics days, and I am so happy to see the Supermodel of the World getting the respect he’s due. Thank you for making the world a more beautiful place Ru. ‘Everybody say LOVE!’

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