First aired on Q (24/05/11)
Whether she's at work, appearing on Dr. Phil, at a book signing or being interviewed by Jian Ghomeshi for CBC's Q, Kelly Cutrone speaks her mind. She's frank, funny, aggressive and doesn't care if you think she's a "witch, bitch or a dyke." A self-identified freak who refuses to fit in with the status quo, Cutrone has blazed her own trail. She is the CEO and founder of fashion PR firm People's Revolution, she's a prominent television personality, having appeared on MTV's The Hills and The City and her own reality show, Kell on Earth, and is a regular contributor to Dr. Phil. She's also a best-selling author thanks to her 2010 memoir, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside. The multi-talented, multi-tasking businesswoman has her author's cap on again, this time with Normal Gets You Nowhere, a self-help book aimed at sharing her own brand of self-love with teen girls.
Cutrone argues against normalcy for two reasons. First, being "normal" is unremarkable and unimpressive. It inhibits the unique gifts everyone can offer the world. "I went to the dictionary, and [normal] means 'of average intelligence,'" Cutrone told Q host Jian Ghomeshi in a recent interview. "Who wants to be that?"
Second, being normal doesn't mean being happy. In fact, Cutrone's personal experience proves this. Growing up, she followed the rules and built a life in New York many dream about. At 25 years old, she was thin, beautiful, popular, married to an artist and was appearing in Vogue. But Cutrone felt that something wasn't right. "None of it fixed me. None of it made me really happy," she said. So she turned her back on everything she knew and decided to start listening to her inner self and forge her own path.
This decision led to an immense amount of success for Cutrone and it's a lesson she wants to pass on to her teenage fans. But she's wary of accepting any labels implying that the path that was right for Cutrone is the path that's right for everyone. She doesn't see herself as a role model and doesn't aspire to be one. "I don't encourage them to look up to me, or look up to anyone," Cutrone said. Instead, she encourages girls to be smart about where they look for inspiration. "Look over at them, take what you like and leave the rest."
Be smart, be critical, be true to yourself and believe in what you do and who you are. Because when you do, Cutrone says, "it's much easier to be honest, and it's much easier to be compassionate, and the world is a much better place."
Normal Gets You Nowhere
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"Hot on the heels of her New York Times bestseller If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, Kelly Cutrone is back with another no-holds-barred book to awaken our souls and kick our asses into gear. In Normal Gets You Nowhere, she invites us to get our freak on. History is full of successful, world-changing people who did not fit in. Think Nelson Mandela, Joan of Arc, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Lennon...."
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