I just finished reading Kelly Cutrone’s book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You. It’s a pretty good book and definitely an easy read. To be honest, this is probably the first book I’ve actually finished reading (that wasn’t assigned reading) in about a year. If you want to know what life is like in the fashion industry it definitely paints a realistic picture. Although I’d have to say, her show Kell on Earth gives a better preview of the ruthless, fast-paced nature of the PR world.
Even if you’re not interested in fashion or PR. This book is very empowering and inspiring for women. It’s all about harnessing your inner power bitch to attain your dreams. I have interned for IMG Fashion over the past few years during fashion week which has allowed me the opportunity to see Kelly Cutrone in her element a.k.a. on the runways in LA and NY: doing run-throughs with the models, etc.
Many people are quick to say she is too bitchy or too ruthless; but I find a certain level of comfort in her blunt leadership style. Maybe it’s because her confidence and brutal honestly somewhat remind me of my mother (in a good way). Or maybe it’s due to all those years of playing sports that taught me to play better and work harder when someone was yelling at me or constantly critiquing my choices. But mostly I just like that Kelly cuts the bullshit. It’s people like her who inspire me, not just in terms of work but also in terms of life in general. Nothing is more refreshing than a person who accepts who they are and embraces it.
“We’re constantly getting these messages to mind our own business and look the other way if we want to be well liked, to not tell the truth or speak our mind or say anything too intense. Well, I’m telling you here that this approach not only makes you party to other people’s crimes against themselves but is a prescription for mediocrity and delusion.”
Although my mom vehemently disagrees one thing Kelly strongly recommends is following your dreams. Even if it means not knowing how you will pay next months rent. As I am still young and very naive I strongly believe (and hope) that if you do what you love, the money will come eventually. This story has affirmed that belief. It’s not necessarily going to be easy but you shouldn’t be afraid to pursue your dreams.