Clinton Kelly '91
Arguably the hardest working man in fashion, What Not to Wear cohost Clinton Kelly '91 takes some time to contemplate his future endeavors, his music choices, and his alma mater.
What is the most satisfying moment in your professional life?
When a woman tells me that with my help she feels beautiful for the first time in her life.
In your personal life?
When I sit on my porch, watching the sun set and drinking a glass of sauvignon blanc, and realize that I may in fact be the luckiest guy on the planet.
What is your best BC memory?
Besides the conversations and laughs I had with my friends, Robert Chibka’s fiction writing workshop; it changed the course of my life.
What is your next goal?
I’m talking to people about starting a magazine. I need one more project about as much as I need a third nipple, but I can’t stop—I’m having way too much fun.
What was the last book you read?
Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone by James Baldwin.
How have you changed since graduation?
I used to care what people thought of me. Now I don’t give a rat’s behind.
What is the most important lesson in life?
Everything—and I mean everything—is gray. There is no such thing as black and white.
What do you look forward to each day?
My first latte.
Who has influenced your life the most?
I named the top 12 in the dedication of my book. You’ll have to buy it to find out if you made it.
Where is your favorite spot on the BC campus?
McElroy Dining Hall. Just kidding. Bapst Library.
Where do you most like to travel on vacation?
Sydney, Australia; New Zealand; St. Barths.
Who would play you in the film version of your life?
If I don’t get that part, I’m firing my agent.
Where did you live freshman year?
How much can you sing of the BC fight song?
All of it. Plus, I even know the harmony. I was, after all, the president of the University Chorale.
What is something your friends don’t know about you?
I wish my friends didn’t know so much about me. Every day I go to the mailbox expecting to find a blackmail letter.
What is the one meal you could eat for the rest of your life?
Foie gras. But I’d probably also drop dead of a coronary in about three weeks.
What is the latest song on your iPod?
I recently decided that I should know every word to “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot.
How do you relax?
Meditation. And if that doesn’t work, Xanax.
What would you tell your children if they wanted to attend Notre Dame?
“You’re dead to me. DEAD, I TELL YOU!!!”
What is the one thing everyone should do?
The Jesuits wouldn’t like my answer to this, so I’m just going to shut up now.