November 13, 1965 |
Camillus, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Fashion publicist, television personality, author|
|Known for||Founder of People's Revolution|
|Spouse(s)||Ronnie Cutrone (1989-?)
Jeff Kober (1998-?)
|Children||Ava Cutrone-Calvo (b 2002)|
Kelly Cutrone (born November 13, 1965) is an American fashion publicist, television personality, and author.
Personal life 
Cutrone has been married twice. At 24, she married Andy Warhol's protégé, artist Ronnie Cutrone, and at 33, married Jeff Kober. Both marriages ended in a divorce. She has a daughter with Ilario Calvo, named Ava Cutrone-Calvo (born 2002).
PR career 
Cutrone left for New York at 21 and began her career in public relations after having been introduced to Susan Blond, a prominent New York publicist, by acquaintance, as well as writer and socialite Anthony Haden-Guest, who had suggested that she become a publicist. Cutrone was Blond's assistant, she recalled, "for six to eight months", until she went on to become director of PR at Spin magazine for Bob Guccione, founder of the adult magazine Penthouse. Less than a year later, frustrated with the lack of power she held at the company, Cutrone set up her own company, Cutrone & Weinberg, with former Susan Blond intern Jason Weinberg. Among their clients were Eartha Kitt, the Smithereens and Whole Earth Mamas.
In 1992, Cutrone sold her half of the company and migrated across to Venice Beach, California. After various subsequent endeavours, which included becoming a tarot card reader and getting a record deal from Atlantic Records in L.A., Cutrone founded People's Revolution in 1996. The company has grown into one of the most powerful fashion PR companies in the world, having produced shows for such artists as Longchamp, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Jeremy Scott, Paco Rabanne, Thierry Mugler, Bulgari, Christie's, Agent Provocateur, and Alexandre Herchcovitch, in London, Paris, Moscow, Los Angeles, New York and Milan. The company has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Paris.
On September 11, 2002, People's Revolution broke the record for the most shows produced on one day during New York Fashion Week — five — mainly because they were the only company willing to produce shows on the first anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Cutrone has said that she named her company People's Revolution "not because I'm a communist - a popular misconception - but because I happen to believe the world will change only when we change ourselves."
In 2011, Cutrone teamed up with Chris Burch, president and ex-husband of Tory Burch for the launch of clothing label Electric Love Army for spring 2012. According to a report in Women's Wear Daily "...the company aims to open two to five of its own freestanding stores in the first year, with SoHo and Manhattan's Upper West Side being immediate areas of interest, as well as Los Angeles..." Inspired by iconic women such as Cher, Joan Jett, Katy Perry, and Debbie Harry, the collection will be targeted at 18 to 34-year olds.
Cutrone has spoken at two TEDx event: the first at University of Oxford's independent TED event, TEDxOxford, in which she gave an inspirational 18-minute talk about her career, and the second at TEDxAmsterdamWomen, at which she spoke about her journey as a woman in business.
Television career 
MTV: True Life, The Hills and The City 
Cutrone is known for her no nonsense approach to the industry and because of this has appeared on three of MTV's reality shows: True Life, The Hills, where she was the employer of Lauren Conrad, and The City, where she serves as the professional/personal mentor and employer of Whitney Port, consulting on Port's clothing line. She has avowed that her role in the shows is unscripted: "I can only talk about the parts that they film with us, but it's totally unscripted. There's always some sort of drama here, so we don't have to make that up. MTV is really happy about our agency - it's full of things going on. It's like, um, OK, we have an opportunity to go to Coachella to film a Jeremy Scott party at Frank Sinatra's house. That's just how we roll."
Kell On Earth 
In February 2010, Cutrone was given her own show, Kell On Earth, which appeared in spring 2010 on Bravo. The eight episode series was a reality show specifically about Cutrone and People's Revolution and followed Cutrone as she balances running her own company and producing Fashion Weeks in New York and London, while being a single mother. Cutrone has a credit as Executive Producer on the show.
Dr Phil and America's Next Top Model 
In November 2010, she signed on as a contributor to the Dr. Phil show. It was revealed in 2011 that Cutrone would succeed André Leon Talley as a judge on the reality-show competition America's Next Top Model, beginning with the series' 18th season, which aired spring 2012.
In February 2010, HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins, released Cutrone's memoir, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You. The book is co-authored by Meredith Bryan, and is a New York Times bestseller.
Cutrone's second book, Normal Gets You Nowhere, was published May 3, 2011.
- "Syracuse Walk of Stars: Top 100 celebrities with CNY connections (81-100)". Syracuse.com. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
- "The Insider: Kelly Cutrone - Nylon Magazine". Nylonmag.com. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- O'Reilly, Kelly (2011-03-02). "Publicist Kelly Cutrone Launching "Electric Love Army" Sportswear". NBC New York. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- Tuesday, September 6, 2011, by Danica Lo (2011-09-06). "Kelly Cutrone Heading to Oxford for TedxOxford September 26th - Intelligence - Racked National". Racked.com. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- "TEDxAmsterdamWomen… Did it again…". TEDxAmsterdam. 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- "‘The Hills’ Returns Tonight, and Fashion PR Is a New Star - The Cut". Nymag.com. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- Swerdloff, Alexis (2008-04-15). "Arts and Style - Reality Check". Papermag. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- "News Releases"
- Nudd, Tim (2011-09-28). "America's Next Top Model: Kelly Cutrone to Replace Andre Leon Talley". People.com. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- Rancilio, Alicia (March 1, 2010). "Kelly Cutrone Deals Blunt Advice In 'If You Have To Cry, Go Outside'". The Huffington Post.
- Odell, Amy (January 5, 2010). "Kelly Cutrone's Self-Help Book Encourages Young Women to 'Celebrate the Magic Inside Themselves'". New York.
- Cutrone, Kelly. "Normal Gets You Nowhere by Kelly Cutrone, Meredith Bryan". Harpercollins.com. Retrieved 2012-05-05.