Erin Brockovich and Brangelina have nothing on Kelly Cutrone, who should now think of adding lobbyist/activist to her prolific resume. As we were waiting for the What Goes Around Comes Around show to begin a the Soho Grand yesterday afternoon (more on that shortly), we had a moment to catch up with the power publicist/author/reality star/Dr. Phil correspondent and found ourselves pretty impressed. While Manhattan emerged from Hurricane Irene’s path largely unscathed last week--save for a profusion of weather-related fashion Tweets, major Sunday hangovers, and rescheduled runway shows-- other parts of the Northeast weren’t so fortunate. “My house--I have $400,000 worth of damage at my home upstate, which is really funny because I convinced the Vice President of MTV to leave New York so she wasn’t stuck,” Cutrone said. “We ended up being rescued on harnesses with ropes.” But do you think the formidable author of If You Have to Cry Go Outside just took that lying down? Kells, no. “I’ve been really busy with Senator Chuck Schumer’s office trying to make sure that they declare Putnam County a state of emergency,” Cutrone told us. “I have flood insurance, but so many people don’t. There are families that are just so hard-working and it’s a full time job being a disaster victim. So I’ve tried to be a mouthpiece, which I’ve been very successful at--as usual. Because people don’t have as much.” From the sounds of things, Cutrone has put a great deal of thought into her efforts. “I was like, why can’t we get a flag, that going forward, you can put outside your home. And if an emergency worker is coming by you can say: hey, there’s a young single mom with a newborn baby, or, hey, here’s an elderly person or, oh, your husband’s on a respirator,” she said. “We should be able to create some sort of identification system to help those people, and we live in a time where we’re given 10 or 12 days notice that we’re going to have a natural disaster. That’s a blessing.” Viewers of Kell on Earth were witness to Cutrone’s generous, nurturing motherly side--usually in scenes involving a distressed and visibly exhausted Stephanie Skinner--and that attribute was definitely on full-speed even as her whole area was in emergency mode. “I actually met that little girl who’s over there in the gold earrings,” Cutrone said as she gestured over to a smiling young woman in the audience. “She was evacuated from her house in Staten Island and her mom is a really big People’s Revolution fan and she was like, ‘Oh my god, we love you’ and I was like, ‘Okay’! So it’s a week later, and now she’s at Fashion Week in New York.”
Dear Kelly Cutrone, You're My Idol
I am not ashamed to admit that I’m a huge Kelly Cutrone fan. At Britt’s recommendation I read her book, which I loved, and Mondays are much harder to get through now that I don’t have Kell On Earth to look forward to. (Even though we still get to see her lay the smackdown on Roxy and Olivia every now and again on The City). So when I heard that the PR maven herself would give a free lecture on Wednesday afternoon, I knew that I had to attend, since she never fails to provide me with an overwhelming surge of girl power.