The first person I’m going to write about is the famous (and infamous) Kelly Cutrone.
The reason I’m picking her as my first Icon, is because I just finished reading her second book - Normal Gets You Nowhere. Her story is one that I often recommend people read about because she’s been so many places in her life and she’s experienced so many things that she is definitely a person with wisdom you want to listen to. I found her first book - If You Have To Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You - better than her second one, only because her second book is more about her spiritual journey to where she is now, and her first book is actually about her life and what she’s experienced first-hand to get to the successful entrepreneur she is today. Let me give you a brief overview on her.
Kelly was born in a small town in upstate New York and moved to The Big Apple when she was only 21 years old. She started her first PR company with Jason Weinburg (Cutrone and Weinburg, which is now called Untitled Entertainment) in the early 90’s. When she left Cutrone and Weinburg, she took some time off PR before starting her own company, People’s Revolution in 1996. Before starting her own companies in New York, she had a notorious reputation as a huge party girl. Known as the girl to never miss a party, she quickly got consumed in the lifestyle of drugs and alcohol. There were times when Kelly was homeless, and going to Venice Beach to read tarot cards for money. She now represents such designers as LongChamp, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Jeremy Scott, Pacco Rabanne, Theirry Mugler, Christie`s, Agent Provocateur and Alexandre Herchcovitc. She now lives on top of her office in SoHo with her 8 year old daughter Ava.
Her story is really, truly interesting and I urge you to go buy her first book and read it. “If anyone wanted to change the world, they’d bring in the fashion bitches.” Is a quote from the book, which was released February 2, 2010. In this book, Kelly Cutrone dissed Donald Trump for supporting Mike Tyson after Tyson was accused of rape, and stands up to “The Donald” to this day – talk about a strong woman!
The book is a lot about being programmed to be a certain way in the world. She makes mention of “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage”. She is definitely not one to conform to the norm and she is trying to get the message out there that you don’t have to conform either. You can be your own person, live your life the way you want to live it, and that’s OK. I think that is what attracted me to love this book so much. She preaches listening to your intuition and taking chances, especially when you’re young. “You have to be skinny, pretty, and have good grades. Says who!?”.
You may have also seen her in the hit tv show The Hills and The City with fashionistas Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port.
That’s all for today – I hope this has sparked your interest slightly. Please let me know what YOU think of her, and her books and everything else she’s been doing lately.