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RuPaul's guide to superstardom

By MADELEINE MARR, mmarr@MiamiHerald.com

rupaul RuPaul is really working it these days.

In between hosting season 2 of Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race, in pursuit of ``America's next drag superstar,'' and just generally existing as fabulously as possible, the famed drag queen has written a book, Workin' It!: RuPaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style (HarperCollins, $19.99).

It's a colorful thing -- like the author -- full of advice on how to achieve your perfect look and better yet, feel confident doing so. Ru dispenses helpful tidbits on love (``You cannot thrive in toxic relationships''), manners (``Kindness is the new cool'') and fashion (``Proportion is everything'').

We caught up with the Atlanta native, born RuPaul Andre Charles, 49:

Why did you decide to write this book?

On Drag Race, viewers get a substantial dose of the drag queen philosophy, which is don't take life too seriously, but with the book, I wanted to take that idea and expand on it. It's the perfect companion piece to the television show.

What inspired you?

The thousands of e-mails I get from people around the world who want guidance in managing a life lived outside the box.

What can you not leave the house without?

Sunglasses, lip balm and my iPhone.

How long does it take you to get ready?

I'm assuming you think I go out in drag and the answer is I don't. The only time I'm in drag is when I'm working. When I'm not working, I can be seen in looks ranging from Western wear, nautical or Savile Row and sometimes all in one day. I can usually pull myself together in 20 minutes.

Favorite style tip?

Know thy self.

Any plans to come to Miami?

I get to Miami at least once a year. I owned a place there for many years. From my first trip to Miami Beach in 1980 (when you were literally afraid to drive around there with your car doors unlocked) to today as its reincarnation as the American Riviera, I've always loved it.

Who is your favorite celebrity and why?

Judge Judy. Why? The realness.

What can we expect from `Drag Race' this time around?

The first season, the girls were very diplomatic and cordial. The second season, diplomacy was left at the curb. The new kids came hungry and ready to do whatever it took to win.

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