Kelly Cutrone

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Kelly Cutrone (born Kelly M. Blanding, on November 13, 1965) is an American publicist, television personality, and New York Times best-selling author.

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[edit]

Cutrone was born and raised in Camillus, New York, the daughter of Beverly and Leland Blanding.[1] She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Nursing.[citation needed]

At age 21 Cutrone moved to New York and worked for publicist Susan Blond for a year; she followed this with a brief position working at Spin magazine for Bob Guccione.[2] Less than a year later, Cutrone founded Cutrone & Weinberg with former Susan Blond intern, Jason Weinberg. Their clients included Eartha Kitt and Mark Ronson.[2]

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.[3] She has a daughter with Italian Ilario Calvo, named Ava Cutrone in 2002).[4]

People's Revolution[edit]

Having tired of the PR life, Cutrone sold her half of Cutrone & Weinberg to her co-founder and spent a year and a half as a tarot card reader.[2] Cutrone founded People's Revolution in 1996.[5]

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.[3]

2008–10: The Hills, The City, and Kell on Earth[edit]

Cutrone is known for her no-nonsense approach to the fashion industry. She has appeared on three shows - 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.[6]

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[edit]

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.[7][8] The book is co-authored by Meredith Bryan, and is a New York Times bestseller.[citation needed] Cutrone's second book, Normal Gets You Nowhere, was published May 3, 2011.[9]

In November 2010, she signed on as a contributor to the Dr. Phil Show.[10] In 2011 Cutrone replaced Vogue Editor André Leon Talley as a judge America's Next Top Model for seasons 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.

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.[11][12]


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  2. ^ a b c Bryan, Meredith (17 June 2008). "Dark Angel of The Hills". Observer. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b "The Insider: Kelly Cutrone - Nylon Magazine". Archived from the original on 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  4. ^ "Kelly Cutrone Won't Get Married Just to Have a Reality Show" Retrieved 20 July 2015
  5. ^ Moore, Booth (24 January 2010). "Feisty fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone gets real". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  6. ^ "'The Hills' Returns Tonight, and Fashion PR Is a New Star - The Cut". New York. Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  7. ^ Rancilio, Alicia (March 1, 2010). "Kelly Cutrone Deals Blunt Advice In 'If You Have To Cry, Go Outside'". The Huffington Post.
  8. ^ Odell, Amy (January 5, 2010). "Kelly Cutrone's Self-Help Book Encourages Young Women to 'Celebrate the Magic Inside Themselves'". New York.
  9. ^ Cutrone, Kelly. "Normal Gets You Nowhere by Kelly Cutrone, Meredith Bryan". Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  10. ^ ""News Releases"". Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
  11. ^ Danica Lo (September 6, 2011). "Kelly Cutrone Heading to Oxford for TedxOxford September 26th - Intelligence - Racked National". Retrieved 2012-05-05.
  12. ^ "TEDxAmsterdamWomen… Did it again…". TEDxAmsterdam. 2011-12-03. Retrieved 2012-05-05.

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