Kelly Cutrone (born Kelly M. Blanding, on November 13, 1965) is an American publicist, television personality, and New York Times best-selling author.
Born and raised in Camillus, New York In 1996, Cutrone rose to prominence after founding Fashion & LifeStyle PR/Brand Strategy firm People's Revolution. In 2008, Cutrone joined the cast of MTV's The Hills when she employed its main cast members Lauren Conrad and Whitney Port. After Port relocated to New York City, Cutrone was featured in a The Hills spin-off, The City.
In 2010, Cutrone executive produced Bravo's Kell on Earth. That year, she released her New York Times Best Selling memoir, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, with Harper One/Harper Collins and published a second book Normal Gets You Nowhere in 2012.
Early life and career beginnings
She moved to New York at age 21 and began her career in public relations after being introduced to Susan Blond, a prominent New York publicist, by her writer/socialite acquaintance Anthony Haden-Guest, who had suggested that she become a publicist. Cutrone became Blond's assistant for a year and went on to become director of PR at Spin magazine for Bob Guccione. Less than a year later, Cutrone launched Cutrone & Weinberg with former Susan Blond intern, Jason Weinberg. The duo represented Eartha Kitt, CC Music Factory, Nile Rogers, Frank Sinatra, Cafe Tabac, Hollywood Palladium, The Roxy, The Limelight, Dee Lite, The William Morris Agency and many more. Cutrone has been married twice. At 21, she married Andy Warhol's protégé, artist Ronnie Cutrone, and at 28 married actor Jeff Kober. Both marriages ended in a divorce. She has a daughter with Italian Ilario Calvo, named Ava Cutrone in 2002).
1992–2007: Success with People's Revolution
In 1991, Cutrone sold her half of the Cutrone & Weinberg and moved across the country to Los Angeles, California. She studied Eastern Mysticism, Meditation and Tantra - became a tarot card reader and soon signed a record deal with Atlantic Records in Los Angeles. Her album was produced by music industry legend Richard Perry. Cutrone founded People's Revolution in 1996. The company has grown into one of the most powerful fashion PR companies in the world, representing and producing shows for such brands as Longchamp, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, Jeremy Scott, Paco Rabanne, Thierry Mugler, Bulgari, Christie's, Agent Provocateur, Afshin Feiz, Costello Tgaliapietra, KTZ, Francesca Liberatore and more in London, Paris, Moscow, Los Angeles, New York and Milan.
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."
2008–10: The Hills, The City, and Kell on Earth
Cutrone is known for her no-nonsense approach to the fashion industry. She has appeared on three MTV: True Life, The Hills—on which she employed Whitney Port and Lauren Conrad—and The City, where she served as the professional/personal mentor and employer of Port and consulted on Port's clothing line.
In February 2010, Cutrone executive produced Bravos's Kell on Earth, the eight-episode series was a reality show about Cutrone and People's Revolution and followed Cutrone as she balanced running her own company and producing Fashion Weeks in New York and London with being a single mother.
2010–present: Books and America's Next Top Model
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.
Ms. Cutrone appeared in Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups" March 2016.
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, during which she spoke about her journey as a woman in business.
- "The Insider: Kelly Cutrone - Nylon Magazine". Nylonmag.com. Archived from the original on 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
- "Kelly Cutrone Won't Get Married Just to Have a Reality Show" Retrieved 20 July 2015
- "'The Hills' Returns Tonight, and Fashion PR Is a New Star - The Cut". New York. 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.
- "News Releases"
- Danica Lo (September 6, 2011). "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.