Shantay, You Stay Saturday: Lettin’ it All Hang Out: An Autobiography

Posted 11 January, 2014 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Shantay, You Stay Saturday: Lettin’ it All Hang Out: An AutobiographyLettin It All Hang Out by RuPaul
Published by Hyperion on June 1st 1995
Genres: General, Social Science
Pages: 240
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four-stars

The world's best-known drag performer tells of his rise from poverty to superstardom and offers beauty tips, positive thinking tools, and his unique sense of humor in a first book filled with photographs. Tour.

Anyone who’s known me for any period of time knows that I don’t watch reality TV. I’ve never watched American IdolSurvivor, or Project Runway. (I might tune into random episodes of Hell’s Kitchen or Kitchen Nightmares, but let’s face it, that’s just because Gordon Ramsay is hot.)

But there is one show that I am unashamedly, unabashedly, and unapologetically obsessed with. Yes, children, it’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. If I ever met RuPaul in or out of drag I would probably fangirl all over myself. The best part about the show, is that while the queens snip and snark at and with each other (it *is* reality television after all), when Ru lets a queen go it’s never with the usual snappy “You suck!” type of attitude that typifies competitions that we see both on and off television these days.

No, Ru reminds the queen that they’re beautiful, brilliant, and while they’re going home now, they still have so much to offer the world and will be great. Each show ends with Ru (in fantastic drag) proclaiming, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love someone else? Can I get an amen?”

Anyway this memoir was written before RuPaul had started her Drag Race days, but still conveys positivity and the importance of self love. I love this passage:

“When asked what she named her baby boy, my Mother replied, “His name is RuPaul Andre Charles and he’s gonna be a star! Cause ain’t another mother f**ker alive with a name like that!””

Ru seems to have taken that to heart fairly early. There were ups and downs in his life, but he has continued to be true to who he is, satisfied himself with the title ‘Supermodel of the World’ in the ’90’s and now is nearly singlehandedly responsible for bringing the art form of drag to the mainstream, at least that’s the humble opinion of this straight cis-girl.

Just like the show there are many little nuggets of advice and positive ways to handle adversity, disappointment, and bigotry. Love, always love, is Ru’s advice. Also, never ever forget to blend.

This is a fun and easy read, a definite must for RuPaul fangirls like me.

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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