Kelly Cutrone’s Reality Check on “Making It” in Fashion

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Kelly Cutrone offered up her usual tough-love directives in a recent interview with The Guardian, attempting to give youngsters trying to make it in fashion a realistic view of the industry.

Although on the surface her tenets may seem basic -- hard work, enthusiasm, propriety and proper grammar -- one must remember Cutrone is talking about the fashion industry.  She has made her name on reality TV as a tough-talking fashion publicist, but it's no act.  Her advice to interns is fodder for anyone at the outset of his or her career but spoiler alert -- she doesn't bother fooling anyone with easy ways out. 

Probably Cutrone's best advice is that fashion isn't as glamorous as most people applying for gigs in the industry think. As she put it: "People want to work in fashion and go to fashion shoots because it looks glamorous. What they don't realise is that you have to walk around the city, picking up clothes in garment bags and filling out insurance forms." 

Most importantly, Cutrone lists her "pet hates" which, like ours, include poorly proofed Facebook messages sent to prospective employers and any profusion of instant message acronyms like LOL. 

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