Kelly Cutrone is one of the most feared women working in fashion. She has notoriously banned people from shows for not following directions; I can’t imagine what words would come out of her mouth should you cross her. And, like all things high-drama, she makes great television, as has been proved on The Hills, The City and, soon, Bravo’s new series Kell on Earth. The publicist and founder of People’s Revolution, who also has a book called If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You out next month, recently sat down for a conference call and The Awl, listened in.
(‘’)Cutrone On her aversion to wearing make-up, even for the show: “You know, people have strong connotations of what women on television should say and what they should wear and how they should look. And I’m just not into it. The Bravo shot of me on the couch? It looks like I had sex with Heather Locklear and five margaritas.”
On her own brand of feminism: “I believe in the goddesses. I like that whole warrior tribal thing.”
On her book’s intended audience: “This is a book for the village girl and the gay boy.”
On The Hills vs. Kell On Earth: “Well, on The Hills, I’m on with a bunch of blonde girls. And on this one I’m on with a bunch of black-haired girls…. We’re not fluttering around here.”
On her preferred method of avoiding fashion week event crashers: “I also do my new favorite thing, the walk-away. When people are just trying to convince me and I just walk away…. Also the slide… where you just don’t say anything. And just slide away.”
On the Internet as terrifying: “My fear is that Twitter is the new American literature. Or I can only watch things on the Internet for 30 seconds, because that’s all the viewer’s going to watch on the Internet.”