Bravo star Tabatha Coffey gets brutally honest in new memoir
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Bravo star Tabatha Coffey gets brutally honest in new memoir

January 31, 2011 08:58 pm CST 

Tabatha Coffey, who' known for shocking hairstylists and salon owners with her brutal honesty on her hit Bravo show, sits at a table with bottles of water and black markers at close range. The platinum blonde is ready to meet a long line of fans, pose for pictures and sign copies of her new book.

But if you think this is just another regular book signing, think again.

It's early Sunday morning, and Coffey is at The Honey Pot, a smoke-filled gay nightclub in Tampa, where half naked drag queens are lip-syncing to the pounding music of Rihanna, Donna Summers and Cher.

And Coffey feels like she's right back at home.

In her memoir, "It's Not Really About the Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty," Coffey pens about her unconventional childhood and growing up around the transvestite strip clubs that her parents owned in Australia.

It was there she first learned how to do hair by working with wigs, hairpieces and hot rollers. She even learned how to sew and bead costumes. But it was also where she learned to be "authentic."

"Here I was, dealing with men that wanted to be women, and truly believed that they were women. These transsexuals were just so incredibly authentic, and so real, and so honest about it and lived their life the way they truly wanted to live it, and how they felt and the person they wanted to be." Coffey told AHN. "Growing up in that environment, it really taught me that you have to be authentic."

From her struggle with obesity as a child and a father who abandoned the family to coming out to her mother and becoming a business acumen, the host of "Tabatha Salon Takeover" said writing her book was inspired by the many e-mails she's received from people asking questions "that absolutely had nothing to do with hair."

"I get a lot of e-mails from young people coming out or having a hard time coming out, people from divorced families because my father had disappeared," Coffey explained. "So, that's why I chose the stories I chose. I just wanted to give little glimpses of who I am and maybe answer some of their questions.

When asked if there would be a season four of "Tabatha's Solon Takeover," Coffey says she's got her fingers crossed.

"I don't know yet. I would love to do another season. Every one seems to like it so I would like to keep helping businesses, and we'll see."

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