Kelly Cutrone at the New York premiere of America's Next Top Model cycle 19 in 2012 (photo: Paul Bruinooge/ patrickmcmullan.com)
Fashion publicist and television personality Kelly Cutrone's sharp wit and tenacity have made her an industry trailblazer for more than 25 years. This Friday, August 2, she returns to her judges seat for the premiere of America's Next Top Model cycle 20 on the CW. Only this season, contestants are co-ed, with aspiring male and female models going head to head while sharing a living space.
During a media conference call, Cutrone admitted that males are easier to mentor. "They show up, say 'Tell me what you want me to do,' they do it, and then leave on a skateboard. The girls are a little more strategic, so [the dynamic] is interesting to watch." What's Cutrone's criteria for a Top Model? To photograph "amazingly well," to be professional and take direction, and to be okay with "people telling you what to do 24/7." Here's more from our call with the outspoken ANTM judge:
Miami just celebrated Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. How has the growth of the swimwear industry affected modeling?
KELLY CUTRONE: A swimwear model usually differs from a fashion or editorial model in the bust. Most fashion models are a 34 A or B and are a lot straighter. A swim model is usually curvier. A full C cup is what they seek for at a lot of swim castings, something ampler . . . Most fashion runway models do not look good in bikinis because they're too thin.
Do you think we'll see a return to more voluptuous models like Cindy Crawford anytime soon?
KC: No. I know it's a horrible thing to say, but society has put a hyper-emphasis on thin. This trend is coming from the consumers. I know fashion people want to make money, they want to sell stuff to consumers. If consumers decided they didn't want young and thin, no one would be quicker than the fashion industry to comply. When you see the Dove campaign in Times Square, it sticks out like a sore thumb amongst all the other billboards. I'm not a thin person, and I'm all for the real chick, but as a consumer it doesn't make me want to buy Dove.
Do you prefer the curvier figures of the '90s?
KC: I worked with all those girls back in the day, and there is nothing more beautiful than girls with thighs and boobs. I personally love that look versus a Kate Moss look. I think Kate is cute in an English club-girl kind of way, but next to a Christy Turlington or Cindy Crawford in a George Michael video . . .
Will you take on more TV projects after Top Model?
KC: I have another TV project that hasn't been announced yet.
Any details you can share?
KC: I can't announce it yet because we've yet to name the executive producers, but it allows me to stay with Top Model. I love being on television, but I also understand that there will be a day when I won't be. As my mother puts it, 'You're not Elizabeth Taylor, and everyone has to leave TV at some point,' with the exception of a few.
We thank Kelly Cutrone for continuing this scheduled interview despite losing her first husband, artist Ronnie Cutrone, on July 20, 2013. Our condolences to Kelly and all who knew and loved Ronnie.