I love Kelly Cutrone.
She is so fiercely intelligent and good at her job and really doesn’t care how she comes across on her reality T.V. show (and I suspect in her real life) as long as she gets her job done. This is an admirable quality for anyone, but especially so for a woman, and ESPECIALLY for a woman working in the fashion industry. On top of that, she possesses a really keen sense of self-awareness that seems to imply that she knows her profession — at the end of the day — isn’t that important. Her ultimate motivation for heading a successful fashion PR company is to provide a comfortable lifestyle for herself and her daughter. She knows that any sort of comfortable lifestyle is never blithely handed over to the average working-class woman; Kelly recognizes she has claw her way to the top and then fight tooth and nail to stay there. And that sort of no frills, no bullshit, no-holds-barred attitude is a rare quality most women spend a lifetime trying to achieve.
Patti Stanger, on the other hand, is like a heifer that stampedes around the Bravo TV airwaves spreading her mad cow disease. Aside from the fact that the basis for her show and thus her entire career is a total joke, Patti is shrill, condescending, and perpetuates gender stereotypes that degrade both men and women. It’s embarrassing to think that Millionaire Matchmaker has become such a cultural phenomenon and that Patti represents a model for the entrepreneurial woman. What’s even more embarrassing is that she has the audacity to compare herself to Oprah.