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Pull Your Connections

Tyson Beckford, model, a true mutt (his father is Black-Jamaican and his mother is Chinese-American) says it like it is about connections:  “I can say, ‘Hey, André Talley, come hang out with me,’ and he’ll do that…I can call Ralph Lauren, you know. I can go sit in Ralph’s office and put my feet on his desk and say ‘Ralph, I need a favor.’”  from E! online, tybeckfordFashion Week Daily January 9, 2008.

In other words, share the moment. Pull your connections. It’s all about whom you know. Mutts need to leverage this as much as possible.

And be a student; when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. I know a number of women, in the right place at the right time. I’m a grown woman, and I know a lot of you are out there. For some reason, though, I’m often surrounded by mother-types, women mostly older than me, and men too who mentor.  They take me under their wings, guide, and advise me. Lucky me. We all need mentors.

But, so unlike me, the irony is that I jump when these people say, “Jump.” I am, after all, a born rebel.  That’s another innate trait for some of us mutts. How else are we gonna rise up?

Corporate Mutts Anonymous

What about, let’s say, that SEC commissioner who does stem cell research on the side? Does she say she works in the financial industry? Or is she in the science profession? See what I mean? Oh, I forgot to say that this woman also teaches roller-skating to foster children on Sundays after Sunday school. She has a big heart. She’s also really busy.

In fact, it’s not just plain old roller-skating. She’s the best hip-hop hot dawg skater in the country. Little do her colleagues on the SEC commission or her fellow scientists in the lab know what she does.

And her passion, rather addiction for shoes forces her into a seasonal job as shoe editor for Manolo Blahnik’s fall line.

She’s got to pay for that pair of $14,000 Manolo Blahnik alligator boots somehow!allig-boots


And I thought I was mutty. At least I only have two jobs: writing advertising copy Monday through Thursdays, and on Fridays, I order car parts for a classic British auto restoration shop. But then, I don’t have her shoe habit to support, either. My favorite place is the beach – barefoot and free, so I don’t need shoes much.

My recommendation: never wear Manolo’s in the car shop.

This career mutt, though, her real weakness is Ferragamo, a line with its own mutt collection: an ostrich/crocodile pump. By the way, this woman believes as Ferragamo does: a woman’s arch is the most important part of her body. I wonder how many men think so? And if you know your feet, this woman is no Asian, with genetically flat feet for centuries.

Anyway, can you imagine her self-image? What does she tell herself she is? God knows what she says when someone asks her, “So, what do you do?”

Reach Out and Touch

If you always yearned to be a mutt, you can build one.

Kind of like the Build a Bear franchise. Build your own mutt family. Take Madonna and Angelina Jolie, for example. Do I dare approach this, the Divas of Our Day? They’re two hot women, admirable philanthropists, and talented businesswomen. But what about their United Nations tactics for family planning?

They do good things in the world and we can all tell that each of their families brim with everlasting love. It’s just something to wonder, and no harm meant. Why didn’t they adopt white kids? But who am I to say. Be honest, though. Since when does Reach out and touch mean Reach out, acquire and possess children from another race?

It’s always good to make sure that your children are more than purchased commodities and fireplace mantel souvenirs that you want to show off. No matter what, love and accept them for who they are, muttiness and all.

Thought for the day: Doing the right thing is more important than having the right things. That’s a caution to adoptive parents, especially celebrity mothers. Children are not fashion accessories to “have.”