because none of us is fucking up like we think we are, is what i'm trying to say

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

If You Have to Cry, Go Outside.


I've been searching for a role model of late. A female role model. A role model who is driven by creativity and self-sufficiency and defying expectation to fulfill what she feels she has been put on this earth to fulfill. A role model just like Kelly Cutrone.

Ignore the references to reality television and Alexander McQueen dresses on the blurb. This book comes in candy-colours but is anything but sweet. Cutrone tells the story of her own struggle to define who she is and how she came to be one of the most powerful fashion PR's in the fashion world. And it hasn't been a pretty ride- but she doesn't expect your sympathy. Her point is this: reaching your potential is damned hard work.

Cutrone has no time for those who think success will be handed to them. And so 'If You Have To Cry Go Outside' is nine chapters of guidance on how to survive this hard work- "Your dreams are ballbusters, not the Yellow Brick Road," she says, as well as that sometimes you have to fake it to make it, that it isn't a breakDOWN it is a breakTHROUGH, and that in order to get anywhere in this world one must check preconceived notions at the door.

I read this in hours, and by then end felt like there was somebody on my side who understood that maybe there might be something more important than marriage and babies and a cottage in the woods. I felt empowered and feminine and inspired and ready to take on the world. Kelly Cutrone, I salute you.
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