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It takes more than a pair of cute heels and a pretty face to deal with the high stress of the fashion PR world. One of the stars from Bravo’s Kell on Earth, Stefanie Skinner spoke to The NYLA Report in an exclusive interview about the ins and outs of fashion PR, thoughts on Stephanie Voorhees and her infamous mentor and PR maven–Kelly Cutrone.
How was it like working with Bravo and filming Kell on Earth?
It was just another day in the office while we were filming- business as usual the only difference was having cameras in the office.
Stefanie, you are such a workaholic! How do you balance work and a social life (if that’s even possible)?
I’m starting to find that balance a little bit right now. I’m trying to make more time to have some kind of a life although I still work a lot, but I am now realizing after watching the show that sometimes you need to learn to call it a day because after a certain point you need to make ME time or else you will not be helpful to anyone or will become extremely burned out.
Honestly, what did you REALLY think of Stephanie Voorhees?
Honestly, I think that Stephanie is a good person, but she just was not a right fit for People’s Revolution.
Who are your favorite designers?
I love the clients that we work with at People’s Revolution- they are all really great!
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In the next five years, I’m not really sure where I see myself, but I am excited to see where this all takes me. If I was asked five years ago where I see myself- I would have never guessed all of this would have happened. I’m trying not to plan the next five years because I think the journey is going to be very interesting.
How do you describe your personal style?
My personal style is what looks good, feels comfortable and makes me feel more confident. I’m not very high maintenance, but every girl likes to look and feel good when she steps out of her house in the morning.
What is the best advice you can give someone interested in fashion PR?
The best advice I would give to someone interested in fashion PR is to first get it out of your head that it is going to be a glamorous job- because it is not. If you really want to work in fashion PR you have be dedicated, hard working, have common sense and really have a drive to learn from those above you and you’ll learn the most from the ground up. I recommend interning at as many places as possible to get a feel for other companies- agency vs. in-house. There is a lot to learn and if you are willing to go the extra mile- you will make it far.
What is the greatest thing you learned from working with Kelly Cutrone?
The best thing I’ve learned from Kelly is to always give your best, never give up and believe in yourself. Kelly really is an amazing person to work for and I am very lucky to work so close with her because she truly is an inspiration and an amazing mentor. Kelly– thank you!
Don’t forget to catch the season finale of Kell on Earth tonight on Bravo at 10 pm EST!