Lysa Cooper, a celebrity stylist who has worked with Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West and more, recently sat down for an interview with Vogue Italia–and let’s just say Cooper kept it very real. While most stylists generally keep their opinions to themselves lest they offend potential clients (like models, most stylists are independent contractors with zero job security), Cooper, for one, clearly does not give a fuck. And we kind of love her for it.
Speaking about Rihanna, Cooper says she didn’t even know who she was when she first started working with her. “I worked with her without knowing who she was. She was just some cute girl, and Ellen von Unwerth and I were shooting her,” she told Vogue. “The one good thing she had was [hairstylist] Ursula Stephen, who I knew.”
And, apparently, Cooper is partially to thank for Rihanna’s 2008 hair chop. “Her hair was to here (shoulder length), and we cut her shit up to here (above her shoulders). She had a lot of hair back then. And now, there is a lot of hair again. We’ll get into that later. Everybody needs to stop with the hair, including Beyoncé.”
Cooper wound up working with Rihanna consistently but eventually parted ways because, “that way you don’t become somebody’s slave. That way there are boundaries. And those boundaries got blurred with Rihanna.”
“Also, I’m a lot older than her,” she added. “I don’t entourage it up…And when I do hang out, I hang out hard and I think that can be very intimidating to people who aren’t use to the old way of partying…Go out dancing all night long. You’re not Instagraming every fucking moment. You’re not smoking wack-ass weed with some bad blunts. Sorry. I smoke weed, but I smoke good weed.”
Cooper also calls “bullshit” on celebrity clothing lines. “Go to school,” she says.
And then she directs one epic backhanded compliment to the Olsen twins. “The only [celebrity line] that’s any good, and I hate to say it, are our girls, the twins. The Row. But the reason that works, is because they hired designers. They [the twins] “yay” or “nay” [the concepts]. And they are the best line at ripping off other lines that I’ve ever seen.”
Bad weed and celebrity clothing lines aren’t the only thing that caught Cooper’s ire: The stylist also takes aim at the Internet.
I think we’re all in this weird moment right now and the World Wide Web…has really fucked some shit up. It’s true that there are many pluses to everybody having access to information, but, what happens…is that they think they are the authority of that information. Or quite frankly, that they made it up themselves. Or even better, that they know better than you do.
According to Cooper, it’s because of the Internet that marketing people are now involved in the creative process of product development. “That’s why music has sunk to the level that it has. And that’s why everybody looks like a hooker…They’ve gone into that Coechella-esque white girl…I don’t really have money, but you know that these shoes cost a $1000 moment”
So what does inspire Cooper these days? “Homeless people and kids.” Obviously.
“I say that very sincerely,” she continues. “Especially in California… there’s a new trend in the homeless where you tie everything around your waist.”
Aaaand we’ll just leave it at that.