Life in Lashes
The Story of a Drag Superstar
by Kita Mean
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Pub Date 29 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 09 May 2023
Harper 360, HarperCollins NZ
The hilarious tell-all memoir by the season one winner of Ru Paul's Drag Race Down Under
Hailing from a sleepy eastern suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, Nick Nash grew up feeling like he stood out for all the wrong reasons. It wasn't until he experimented with the art of drag that he found freedom in his fierce and confident alter-ego, Kita Mean. From wild nights partying like there was no tomorrow, to scrounging together delightfully camp costumes on a shoestring budget, buying an iconic cabaret bar with bestie Anita Wigl'it, and competing on the global stage alongside Kiwi and Aussie drag legends in the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under, Kita shares behind-the-scenes goss and important life lessons - many learned the hard way - about fighting your demons and being proud of your most authentic self.
Bursting with outrageous style and cheek, Life in Lashes is a memoir of a lost boy who found salvation as a drag queen, learned to love herself, and went on to share her fabulousness with the world.
Featuring a color insert of Kita's life.
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Average rating from 9 members
This was fun glimpse in to Kita Mean's life before and after Drag Race Down Under. As an avid fan, this brought me closer to Kita and I enjoyed this!
Thank you NetGalley, Harper 360 and Kita Mean (with Eli Matthewson) for letting me read “Life in Lashes” in exchange for an honest review.
Oh the excitement!!! I am a big fan of Drag Race and have watched most seasons. Additionally I am a big fan of Australia and Australian TV. I watched Kita Mean’s season and she was awesome. So o had to read her book! So excited!
I very rarely read autobiographies but this was excellent.
I guess in most cases, we rarely know anything about a queen before the show, unless you are a Die hard fan or really into the scene. Speaking for myself, I didn’t know any queens before they appeared in the show. So this is a great way to get to know them better, that there is a life before the big franchise came along.
I have such a huge appreciation for drag queens and anyone really, who lives their life truly being themselves. I admire their confide to truly stand for what they are and live it.
It was lovely to get a glimpse of her life before and after Drag Race and also to get to know Nick. The writing was fluent and I laughed quite some time. But it radiated confidence and pride in what he is and what he does. That’s exactly what the world needs. People who are proud of who they are no matter what, people who overcome things and still come out strong and fierce. Yes henny!!!
I loved the photo section!i am so sorry but in all it’s glamour, the good dresses…. 😂 so horribly awesome! Love it!
If you can’t live yourself how the hell are you going to love somebody else ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎
This ARC was provided to me via Kindle, from Harper360 and #NetGalley. Thank you for the opportunity to preview and review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
A lovely glimpse at their life, challenges and triumphs.
Life in Lashes follows Kita Mean, a "Drag Race Down Under" winner. It is a lovely story from the start of young Kita's life through Drag Race and beyond. It is a long and twisty tale that is emotional, wild, and sometimes heartbreaking. It was fascinating to hear about the "tiny gay from Cockle Bay" and see them transform into the star they are today.
I also LOVED reading about the Drag Race behind the scenes. As a massive fan of the show is was a real treat to get the tea directly from the source. It was so engaging and a must read.
Kita Mean is only getting started and I cannot wait to see the fabulousness she shows the world!
Kita Mean I love you and this was amazing.
As a huge drag race fan and loving every second of Drag Race Down Under when I saw this on NetGalley I needed it quickly!
Other than what I had seen on Drag Race I knew next to nothing about Kita. It was a really amazing experience to learn more about her as a person and a performer! I felt like the writing was easy to read and had a lot of jokes. Kita brought the jokes people!!
I think anyone who is a drag race fan should read this!
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for this ARC.
This was perfection in every way. I’m a huge RuPaul Drag Race fan and on top of loving memoirs, I went into this with high hopes and it did not disappoint. Kita’s personality radiates through every single page and had me laughing out loud in spots and crying along with her in others. There’s no greater story ending then that of someone finding their true self, embracing it, and being happy.
Kita Mean is the winner of one of the most controversial seasons or Rupaul’s Drag Race to ever exist (and there’s many many seasons). As an American fan of the show and it’s international iterations, I’m not as familiar with the history of the queens. Getting a look into Kita Mean and their foundation and life as a prominent Drag artist in New Zealand was a delight, with a lot of personal, hard to read bits that really hit home for me as a person who spent a lot of time as a “bigger” gay man. Sections about her body image, abusive relationship, and bullying within the community spoke to me deeply. She also isn’t afraid to give her full account of her days on Drag Race Down Under, and how her insecurities played out in the filming process. For anyone watching, it was clear as day Kita was the one to beat, though. It was fun and enlightening to see her professional and personal relationship with Anita Wig’lit especially, as Anita’s time on the show was cut unceremoniously short. Kita mean Is as charming on page as she is on screen, and this was a delight to read
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