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Fall 2012
Fashionably late is a term that could be used to describe Kelly
Cutrone’s arrival at her lecture in the Nelly Goletti theater on
NEED DATE. The lecture was scheduled to begin at 9:30 and it
is now almost quarter to. As she enters the theater and makes
her way up to the podium there are whispers of excitement
from the hundred of girls (and a few boys) who woke up early
just to see the celebrity publicist speak.
“Oh my God I can’t believe it’s really her,” whispers a girl sit-
ting behind me to her equally as star-struck friend.
Cutrone has gained celebrity status for being the founder
of the highly successful public relations and marketing firm
People’s Revolution, as well as writing a New York Times
bestselling memoir titled “If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And
Other Things Your Mother Never Told You.” She also starred
in her own reality show “Kell on Earth,” made appearances on
“The Hills” and “The City,” and most recently was selected as a
judge on the 18th season of “America’s Next Top Model.”
According to Danielle DeZao, ‘12, and the director of com-
munications for last year’s Silver Needle Fashion Show, Marist
first connected with Cutrone when DeZao reached out to her
via Twitter in February inviting her to an event hosted by the
fashion program called Creating Courage.
“Myself and my other co-directors Madeline Bergeron and
Amanda DeTurris knew we wanted to develop our rela-
tionship with [Kelly] and keep her involved in the Fashion
Program at Marist,” said DeZao. “At the end of Creating
Courage she was so impressed with the execution and seg-
ments of the event that she offered to come and speak at
Marist for free.”
Back in the auditorium Cutrone approaches the podium in
her signature all black outfit, apologizing for her tardiness
blaming it on traffic on Route 9, and then jumps right into the
lecture. She starts off asking what grade members of the au-
dience are in and then tells seniors to apply for assistant jobs
at her firm because she fired her two previous ones recently.
After a few jokes and a small introduction on why she was
there Cutrone began to tell the audience her story of how she
got to be where she is today.
“My story is generational,” said Cutrone as she spoke about
growing up in Syracuse, NY, her brief stint in nursing school,
and finally how she broke into the PR business.
The lecture did not come without its fair share of profanity
and sarcasm.
However, despite the witty comments and humor, there was
a more serious overlying theme to the lecture that was based
around gaining success and what it takes to get their. Cutrone
was honest with the crowd in saying that her success did not
Celebrity fashion publicist
Kelly Cutrone speaks
come overnight and took a lot of hard work and consistency.
“I figured out who I was and what I wanted to be by figuring
out who I wasn’t and what I didn’t want first,” said Cutrone.
”I’m unapologetic for the things that I have manifested in my
Cutrone’s advice leaned more toward the tough love side but
seemed to resonate with the students.
“I really appreciated how straight forward she was with her
advice,” said Nicole Foshino,’14, fashion merchandising major
who attended the lecture. “What she said was honest but also
motivating and inspiring.”
Cutrone stressed following your own dreams and not letting
anyone decide your future.
“Doing things for your parents is the wrong things to do after
18,” said Cutrone.
The big question on everyone’s mind in the audience was
how to get a job working for a company as successful as
Cutrone’s. Her best advice was to have a willingness to do
what it takes, stick it out when things get rough, and don’t
think that having a college degree is enough to get you the
job. And when you do finally secure that position be prepared
to hate yourself, your job, and everyone you work with at least
once a month.
Despite some of the brutal honesty Cutrone ended the lec-
ture on a very positive and inspirational note.
“There is nothing standing in the way of your success,” she
said. “Take risks and you can have anything you want.”