literature / Pop Culture


From Tina Fey’s excellent memoir, advice on photoshoots:

“I suggest you show up freshly scrubbed with damp hair. Not only is this a courtesy to your hair and makeup team but also it helps to set the bar low. Show up looking like an uncooked chicken leg and they can’t help but be pleased with the transformation once they get all their makeup on you…You’ll be introduced to the stylist and shown racks and racks of clothes. She has been given your sizes ahead of time and has chosen to ignore them….When you inevitably can’t fit into a garment, the stylist’s assistant will be sent in to help you. The stylist’s assistant will be a chic twenty-year-old Asian girl named Esther.”

I’m sorry, Tina Fey, but have we met before? Why else would I pop up in this book?

All kidding aside, this is a great quick read. Fey has a sharp, somewhat self-deprecating wit that really shines in this format. I wonder, however, why she chose to come out with an “autobiography” at such a young age, when surely she has a lot ahead of her.

Finally, Fey’s advice on fashion:

“A wise friend once told me, ‘Don’t wear what fashion designers tell you to wear. Wear what they wear.’ His point being that most designers, no matter what they throw onto the runway, favor simple, flattering pieces for themselves. [sidenote: has Tina Fey ever seen what Chloe Sevigney sports? And I love what Michael Kors designs, but that doesn’t mean I think all men should wear his signature black-tee under black blazer look all the time…]

Anyone who has never met me can tell you that fashion has always been very very very very very very very very important to me. For example, I once told my cousin that my dream would be “if the whole store Express was my closet!” How prescient, because now, of course, I wear nothing but Express.

…By nineteen, I had found my look. Oversize t-shirts, bike shorts, and wrestling shoes. To prevent the silhouette from being too baggy, I would cinch it at the waist with my fanny pack. I was pretty sure I would wear this look forever. The shirts allowed me to express myself with cool sayings like ‘There’s No Crying in Baseball’ and ‘Universitat Heiderlberg’, the bike shorts showed off my muscular legs, and the fanny pack held all my trolley tokens. I was nailing it on a daily basis. Find something like this for yourself as soon as possible.”

There you have it.


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