One of the fashion industry’s most high profile publicists Kelly Cutrone who created People’s Revolution, a branding and marketing firm based in New York City, made an appearance at the Lexus Nashville Fashion Week and she took time out of her busy schedule to talk with The Tennessean about her latest projects.
Cutrone gained notoriety after appearing on MTV reality dramas, The Hills and The City and she starred on her own show for the Bravo network, Kell on Earth in 2010. Her memoir, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, was released in Feb. of 2010 and she’s now following that up with a second uncensored book, Normal Gets You Nowhere: Trust Me They're Lying To You this May.
To say that Cutrone is a straight shooter when it comes to dishing out advice might be an understatement, which is why she’s been signed on as a special contributor to the Dr. Phil show, where she will “lend her no-nonsense approach to stories centered primarily on 20-something generational topics as well as issues that motivate young girls to gain their independence.”
“I’m the punk rock ‘Dear Abby,’” Cutrone told The Tennessean. “I really believe that everybody is as unique as their thumbprint. But I also think that you’re programmed so you better figure out what you’re doing and why you are doing it.”
Cutrone recommends that each person find their own path and brand themselves with whatever makes them unique. But she also admits that path can change directions over time.
“My brand is to be a sharp shooter now. People would not want me to be censored or dull,” says Cutrone who goes on to add. “I’m 45 and I’m starting to have another career and its kind of funny. It’s a career where most people can’t be older…or chubby…but look at me, I’m on TV now and I’m excited. Because look, daytime talk is the one thing you can do and still get older and fatter and still be successful.”
But that certainly wasn't the only nugget of advice Cutrone offered during my interview with her at The Hutton Hotel in Nashville, which is why I decided to post the audio mp3 of our interview. I wouldn't normally post the entire interview but Cutrone's insight is best heard firsthand.
Take a listen below to hear more tips from Cutrone on everything from why she won't drive a Range Rover, her time as a tarot card reader, what would happen if every insect on the planet died and so, so much more. I promise, you won't be disappointed.
Interview with Kelly Cutrone
Listen: “ March 31, 2011 at The Hutton Hotel in Nashville, TN ”