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Kelly Cutrone loves sex toys and Babeland

From Babeland’s blog,about how Kelly Cutrone convinced Bravo to air the segment of her shopping for sex toys on TV, not just online:

In your new book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, you offer guidance for young women on owning their power. In this episode you are so sex-positive, did someone help you with this part of your own development?
My mom really prepared me for where I needed to go. I know for a fact that my mom was into vibrators, I went through her drawers! I always knew my mom and dad had an amazing sex life, they’d send us outside to go and play for the afternoon. But I still never went to my mom to ask about sex, which is why it’s important for women to have access to the information.

Any sex toy anecdotes you’d like to share?
A good friend of mine gave me an anal dilator once, which I had to put in my bag as I was going through security at the Milan airport. I’m the first person at the gate, and behind me are two amazingly hot, sexy Italian business men. Sure enough, the security guy opens up my bag, pulls out the anal toy, and says “Signora, you cannot go on the plane with this, this is a weapon.” Clearly the two Italian guys knew what is was and were ready to ask me out on a date. But I grabbed the toy back, and said “I’m a fashion producer, I suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, and I need it to do my job.” And off I went through the gate!

I loved Cutrone’s book If You Have to Cry, Go Outside (sent to me courtesy of the publisher). Not what I was expecting at all. My review from Amazon:

I have to admit that I know barely anything about fashion and had only seen Kelly Cutrone’s name mentioned a few times, but I was curious to read this book because I liked the title and it seemed like it could have a promising approach to life and business. And it did!

Cutrone’s tome is part memoir, part spiritual guide, part you-go-girl empowerment and part business manual, all in her straightforward, no-holds-barred style. In many ways, it’s feminism as take-the-bull-by-the-horns (or take-the-city-by-the-horns), whether she’s talking about organizing an art benefit against censorship, raising her daughter solo, or running her business, PR company People’s Revolution.

I especially liked that Cutrone cuts through the false notion that spirituality and being a good person is somehow antithetical to success and financial reward. She marries the two and even though it sounds a bit incredible, talks about her past drug abuse and lowest, suicidal moments and how PR, along with spiritual guidance from the woman she calls her guru, The Mother, pulled her back.

It’s a quick read but the pull-no-punches lessons and Cutrone’s brand of being herself as well as vision for women in the workplace is a refreshing one, and it’s certainly entertaining. I especially like that while there’s juicy stories, Cutrone isn’t trying to sell herself as a publicist or her brands or even fashion or PR as industries (if anything she somewhat warns younger readers away unless they can hack it). Instead she tells how she grew up with an inherent sense of who she was and what she was capable of and learned by doing (and by making mistakes, like serving black icing on pink desserts at an Agent Provocateur party). Her ability to own up to her mistakes and failures while still offering up rules for success is what makes this book so bold and memorable.

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