I met Adrien at a Rudsak event in Toronto. I was there to interview Emily Haines and she was my PR contact. My first impression meeting her was “Nobody can pull off short hair the way she can”. We instantly connected and from that moment on I continue to have a girl-crush on her. There’s something so incredibly refreshing about Adrien, I would call her a rad, modern Audrey Hepburn. I not only love this woman for her intriguing beauty, but her wit, her realness, and her work ethic. (Also her eyebrows are unlike any other).
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26 year old Adrien Reynolds was born and raised in the wild and woolly wilderness of Toronto, ON. After working for years as a retail salesperson and fashion model, she wanted to take her career to the next level. Armed with three degrees – a English Specialist degree from the University of Toronto, a post secondary degree from Ryerson University and a post secondary Public Relations certificate from Humber College – Adrien landed in fashion public relations.
She digs mixing prints, sleeping, self-deprecating humour, chill humans and thrift shopping. Her primary belief is that style trumps fashion. In the words of the incomparable Iris Apfel: “I think the worst faux pas in fashion is to look in a mirror and see somebody else—which so many people do. They think a dress is going to transform them. They don’t realize it’s themselves and their attitude. Because that’s what style is: attitude, attitude, attitude.”
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What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A poet, like Shel Silverstein and my Dad.
Who is the person that inspires you the most?
Different fragments of different folks inspire me. My daily ethos is to just be nice – revolutionary, I know – so I have deep-seated admiration for authentic and kind humans. And, of course, my parents are inspirational superstars, so they merit a big ol’ shout out.
What’s your favorite movie?
The Big Lebowski, hands down. Never fails to bring joy to my heart.
What’s your favorite television show?
I’m a sucker for dark overtones… Think Deadwood, Six Feet Under and The Sopranos. But, for levity, The Mindy Project. Lest we forget the Mindy Project.
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
“Be cool. Don’t be an asshole.”
What’s the worst advice you’ve received?
“Settle for what you have.”
Who is someone from your past that has made an impact on you, but you’ve never told them?
My grade school teachers at Runnymede Public School. Madame Kling, Madame Lakoff and Mrs. Patton were divine women.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years? I’ll probably still be searching for myself! Turns out self-actualization is a lifelong struggle. But, real talk, I hope to be at peace with myself then.
Would you rather go back to the past and change one thing or have the chance to see your future?
100% see the future! Would be a diabolically helpful tool for self improvement and preventing my many likely missteps. Although, I do feel like this question would come with an M. Night Shyamalan type twist.
What’s something people assume about your career that isn’t true?
There’s a pervasive stigma that all PR folks are disingenuous hustlers and soul-sucking vampires.
What’s the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your career?
So far? Knowing my worth – it’s too easy letting other people define and confine you. At the end of the day, you’ve got to put yourself first and appreciate your unparalleled awesomeness. Also, learning not to take business personally.
The concept of modern celebrity baffles me, so I’ll go with Rod Stewart circa 1970.
If you could go back and give your 20 year old self advice what would it be?
“Consume life with a ravenous appetite. Also, FYI, you’re going to morph into your parents sooner than you think.”
How do you want people to remember you?
Dream situation is that others find me genuine and funny and take solace in my unbridled weirdness.