Pop Culture Savvy: Unwritten

The title of my column, Pop Culture Savvy, is a play on my name, but also ensures that I can write about anything that relates to pop culture.

In previous columns, I’ve written about some heroes of mine including Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon and Beyonce.

But, I have yet to write about my style icon and above all mentor, Lauren Conrad.

Actually, scratch that, can I just be her?

Many know her from her hit MTV reality shows, “Laguna Beach” and the spin off, “The Hills.”

Those who are familiar with the show are probably thinking, why would you look up to someone who has had their life handed to them on a silver platter? But I truly believe that is not the case.

Conrad once told Seventeen magazine that her father cut her off financially at the age of 18. He sent her out of the house and she was told she had to make her own money.

I think Conrad is smart. She was able to begin her own television show and make her money that way. In the meantime, she could afford to do internships with places like Teen Vogue and People’s Revolution where she wouldn’t be paid.

Since leaving her show, “The Hills” in 2009, Conrad has been hard at work maintaining her positive image.

She is trying to make others realize she’s not the reality show star they might think her to be.

She started her own clothing line. Scratch that, she started two clothing lines. The more high-end one is called Paper Crown. The other, LC Lauren Conrad, is more affordable and can be found at any Kohl’s store.

Aside from designing her own line, she also started a book series called L.A. Candy that includes three books.

From that series, there has been another book spinoff. She has also published two books “Style” and “Beauty” where she offers ­different tips and tricks that she’s learned along the way to her readers. Above all, she’s a New York Times Best Selling Author.

So really, she’s more than just an icon to me. She’s a true inspiration. If I could just accomplish half the things she’s done in my lifetime, I would consider myself lucky.

Column by Savannah Sawyer, Features Editor.