Converting The Getters, One Intern at a Time

Leandra Medine | May 12, 2011

You’re likely used to watching me work my repeller magic on myself. Starting in skimpy outfits that practically beg for layers, I give the garments exactly what they want: shirts, sweaters, jackets, scarves, turbans, the sporadic feather if need be. A couple of weeks ago though, I kicked it back differently and turned one of the interns at StyleCaster into a certified Man Repeller at none other than the official MR crack den: Kirna Zabete.

Standing 85 feet tall, Sarah, the lanky blond intern, a babe of sorts, most certainly did not satisfy the intern stereotype.

See, first she wore a L’Wren Scott slip dress with a pair of Alaia sandals. If this doesn’t scream, “sex me up…”
This most certainly should!

I don’t want to squeeze all the juice out, so if you want to see the full feature, have a clickidy bipiddy here.

There you will find in the comments section a little sprinkle of snark. Evidently, one girl is afraid that I am a most horrible representation of the students that Parsons breed. I suppose in this case that it’s a damn good thing I don’t go to Parsons. I go to Lang. And study journalism. Fashion bares no importance in the scope of my education and those who judge it.

But for the record re: your closing comment, because a person works hard enough to afford nice clothing, most certainly does mean she deserves to wear them. You don’t have to like me. In fact, I don’t blame you for not liking me: I’m loud, recycle jokes and make far too many grammatical errors for anyone who wants to respectably call herself a writer. But if you’re going to slay me, you should at the very least do it factually.

Passive aggressiveness aside, people, please do enjoy Sarah’s journey from Man Getter to Man Repeller. There are sexual innuendos and leather harnesses included and let’s be honest, the way that Balmain jacket grazes against the orange Giambattista Valli dress suggests a bond of unity not even Proenza Schouler could disturb.

Also enjoy watching me drape myself in Rick Owens seaweed.

I couldn’t help it! I couldn’t!
  • Han

    ahhhhhhhh this post is amazing!!! love it!!!

  • SarahKarin

    Your writing style is just… so great!! 😀
    Love your outfit in the third pic ♥

  • Amy Glass

    All right girl, you have got to invest the $5 and get yourself some of those spin pins. The helix lookin bobby pins.

    Take your top knot to the next level. They're magic…and they're keeping my topknot up right now.
    Keeping it knotty…

  • Camilla

    I want to have that Balmain's jacket's babies I swear it's stunning.

    x Camilla

  • Ale.

    I just love reading your posts, you're such a fantastic write! So funny!


  • purpleyawn

    don;t worry i lurve you!!!

  • Kendra

    When you become successful, it's inevitable that people are going to be jealous and write spiteful things about you on the internet. I say you take that as a sign that you have made it! Yay!

    On an other note, this is a great idea! You should help out the "getters" more often. There are still so many out there in need of guidance.

  • Megan Younce

    her final look is PERFECT!!

  • jlsoojian

    Don't let the bastards grind you down! That's what I tell myself when my fellow law-students fail to comprehend my ability to man repel and simultaneously learn. Some people just don't get it. You are fab. You're blog makes me SO happy every day. And this is an impressive transformation!

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  • Di

    hilarious post~
    the haters just don't understand.
    you go man repeller, do your thang!
    loves it.
    xo Diana

  • blue roses

    long leggy blondes are difficult to make repellant, glad you succeeded, without the use of trash bags.

  • s

    Love the last….

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  • Carolina Hardy




    lol seriously you are one of the only bloggers that I actually genuinely enjoy reading — hilarious. and yes, that screams man repeller 😉


  • Francia

    This looks like a lot of fun!! :)

  • Molliee

    don't play into the haters! you are fantastic and your readers know it! this is an awesome post as per usual, the styling =amazing

  • Spags

    your blog makes me laugh out loud (lol) and inspires me to repel all day, every day. also, my mother asked me today why harem pants are a man repeller. i told her that you believe it's because when you wear them, men don't know where your crotch is. she fell off her chair laughing. so, thanks for the laughs. you're the bestest.

  • Camille

    lol, this is fantastic! Your working your magic on us all!


  • Ashley

    This is FANTASTIC, can't wait to get home and start repelling! LOL


  • Sabine from SAT

    un sex her up jeez show her some more sartorial birth control;=3&play;=false&cnt;=6
    charlote gainsborough reminds me off you in this picture.

  • unlikelygourmand

    while I agree that haters are gonna hate and that if you work hard you deserve the nice things you buy, lets get real. we've all seen your parents' apartment (via your photos) and I think it'd be fair to say that we can make the logical leap to whose paying for all this fancy flingin' about. Perhaps the fashion world pays homage with generous gifts, as well?

  • the Art of being Fashionable

    such a great post… interns are game for anything and why not being put in gorgeous clothes!


  • AmericanEnglish

    Dearest Man Repeller,

    The cute little flat ankle boots in todays post; where did they come from?!

    Forever yours,


  • Man Repeller

    @americanenglish, See by Chloe, bought them on shopbop last season on sale!

  • Sharlxo

    gorgeous as usual – you really are an inspiration of mine :)
    the lime coloured dress is just A M A Z I N G

  • briannelee

    OMG, her shoes are amazing!

  • Sarah Lindig

    This WAS so much fun :) Thanks Leandra for playin' dress up with me :-p so jealous of your Proenza purchase… Did you ever get the Alaias in silver?


  • Anonymous

    Love that you're a Lang kid. I am too! You've got a killer perspective– Many props! x

  • Absolutely Mrs. K

    as much as i like what is inside the store, i don't like the store. they have the most gorgeous fashion lines and accessories. there is no doubt' about that? i think it is one of the most interesting stores in NYC and you have proven that with this post. I am a huge fan of the red and orange look with the yellow bag. it is all about the layers, the textures and the colors, and is is a magnificent combination. but the fact that you could get an intern dresses in that store and where able to take some pics, well it shows me that i am a nobody blogger. I wasn't allowed to take pictures: especially not because i was a blogger. that was rude and why would i ever spend some money there again! i guess this is how the world works, but it is not a nice feeling when somebody tells you that you are not interesting enough

  • LoveE ♥

    Haha you definitely look sexy compared to the dress honey! No but really, love you and your style, never change!

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  • Anonymous

    where'd all the other comments go from before?

  • ¡OptimoAsiatico!

    best line ever written: "Fashion bares no importance in the scope of my education and those who judge it." I <3 your blog hard and manrepel as a rule. Whoever wrote those snarky comments probably couldn't read at a high enough level to figure out the hilarity of your blog. GET IT GIRL!

  • My Style Canvas

    Well I always look forward to your writing. Sorry that one girl couldn't appreciate your humor. And wow that is definitely a repellant makeover. The confused look on her face says it all.

    Now me next! I'm in the market for some new layers. 😉

  • Anonymous

    I am a 45 year old woman who delights in your writing, your enthusiasm and your fun. I am glad that you don't let the "snarkies" get you down. I am also a speech pathologist, and think you have a lovely voice; congrats on the video with Simon.

  • Dana

    i love the open toe boot ! you look sexy 😉

  • Bec

    you're hilarious. and a great writer.

  • Michelle Lee

    love the shoes :)

  • Emily

    I just have to say that I am so so glad you don't let people get to you.

    They're just jealz cause you have a ton of success headed your way (and you know, some that has obviously already arrived) and mad layering skills.

  • la drapier

    did you realize that seaweed-draped you matches the mannequin next to aforementioned you??? please say yes. or maybe no would be even better. either way… i go to parsons and would love to call you our own! bitches, please..

  • Fabiola

    Love the transformation!! you're great
    I was so sad that I couldn't make it to the Bloomingdales event, I wanted to meet you sooooo bad … next time I'm in NY I'll look for you, I'll even set a trap with a Proenza shirt as bait, how about that? :)
    Kisses from México

  • Anonymous

    Who makes the shoes and skirt you are wearing in that first photo???

  • Chesney

    oh my god, the last shoes in this post that you were wearing. killllller.

  • Kimberly

    love the blog and love your ability to make someone into a man repeller you have such amazing style and whoever doesn't like you doesn't know what they're missing out on

  • W.

    out of pure curiousity – as a student, how do you exactly afford those aforementioned fashion items? I understand this blog and articles like that one this post is about have flung you into plenty of lucrative situations; but before that…?

    You really mean that your parents (or their parents parents parents etc) worked hard don't you?

  • Anonymous

    Youre the best Leandra, and you deserve all the PS1 sleeping-bags in the world.

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