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AN OPEN LETTER TO KELLY CUTRONE

Hello Ms. Cutrone,

My name is Sierra Mayhew, and I aspire to be a fashion editor in a few years. I am only 18 years old, but I know exactly what I want to achieve and I intend on working hard to get there. I read your book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, cover to cover, and found it so inspiring that before I was finished, I already began making changes in my life.
After reading the “Find your tribe” chapter, I discovered the answer to a question I had been pondering for quite some time. I attend a private Catholic university and, as you can imagine, there is not a fashion program here. There have been many days where I have felt alone in my quest to climb the corporate ladder of the fashion industry in order to achieve my dream of being an editor-in-chief. Within the first chapter of your book, I thought to myself, “How did I not think of this before? There must be other people at this school who share my passions!” And sure enough, there are. I unearthed other fashion-lovers in such a short matter of time, it seems silly now that I didn’t think to do this months ago. As a result, I am now in the process of starting the first-ever Notre Dame Fashion Club.
I am very proud and very lucky to say that, since I have found my dream job at such a young age, I am already taking the major steps necessary to get there. I started running my own fashion blog, which I see potentially growing into a business. I am also interning with ELLE magazine this summer. I want to thank you so much for the chapter you wrote “If you have to cry go outside,” because I feel like it has prepared me for my internship better than anything else could.
A lot of people have told me that I won’t be able to do things in my life. People have indirectly asked me “You really think a magazine will give you an internship at 18 years old with no fashion experience?” and, “What makes you so sure that people at a school like Notre Dame will be interested in something as superficial as a fashion club?” Reading your book has given me the confidence to reply, “No, I don’t think this will happen–I know it will, and I do not intend to let anyone stop me.” I, too, was just a girl chasing a husband and a great wardrobe before I considered being a fashion editor, but I am so glad I have found where I am supposed to be. Thank you so much for continuing to inspire me with your confidence and honesty.
I know how busy you are, but I would really like to meet with you this summer to talk more about how I can continue to advance in my career. Feel free to send me an e-mail or give me a call.
Sincerely,
Sierra Nicole Mayhew
University of Notre Dame 2019

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