Olivia Palermo amuses me for a lot of reasons. First, I don’t really understand what she does for a living, although I remember that she started a blog, which garnered her a lot of press like it’s not something that attractive, fashionable women her age do every day. Second, she was on The City, and everything related to MTV reality shows amuses me in one way or another. Third, and most importantly, I remember how she got famous the FIRST time around. Before she was fashion famous, even before she was reality TV famous. She was Gawker famous.
You guys are probably all familiar with Gawker now, but a few years ago, it was more of an insider-y New York City media and society rag than a generalized US gossip blog. Back then, Olivia Palermo was a budding social climber, apparently hungry to get noticed in the New York socialite set, and Gawker obtained an email that she apparently sent to every vaguely noteworthy social in Manhattan, more or less begging them to be friends with her. To this day, that’s the first thing I think of when I see pictures like these, where she’s gallivanting around the city with her pup and her Christian Dior Lady Dior Shoulder Bag. More than anything, I’m impressed that she managed to change her own narrative so effectively after that first brush with public humiliation.