One thing about tabloids, at least a majority of them, they tend to twist words, take things out of context, and perhaps do a little misleading with some of their stories. It’s a tabloid tradition, and hey, they have magazines to sell! And the newest victim of the word twisting is just three years old Shiloh Jolie Pitt. But it wasn’t her words being manipulated this time, it was the stylist quoted in the explosive cover story for Life and Style entitled “Why Is Angelina Turning Shiloh Into A Boy?” So what went down?
Alana Kelen works as a fashion stylist and Life & Style will come to her for tidbits on the style front. They contacted her to weigh in on Shiloh’s tom boy look. She gave them some opinions but the mag twisted what she said. And Kelen ain’t too happy about it. She wrote to Jezebel.com to set the record straight.
In the magazine they quoted her as saying:
“Shiloh is pushing the boundaries of a tomboy look and crossing over to cross-dresser territory,” Alana Kelen, senior fashion stylist at VH1, tells Life & Style.
Kelen told Jezebel:
“I have lost sleep these past 2 nights due to the horrible thoughts and comments they included and attributed to me in this particular story for Life & Style, as they were taken completely out of context. They use me often for style quotes, so I had no idea they would twist my words, and they always contact me for final approval, which they did not do this time around.”
She had left a comment on the initial Jezebel post on the topic saying:
“My career has been all about personal expression through clothing, and I am the biggest believer that any person should wear anything they choose, regardless of age or sex.
The quote I did provide to Life & Style actually praised Shiloh’s parents for letting her be who she wants to be, and included that she has two cool older brothers who she is probably trying to emulate, and that she looks up to, and that there is NOTHING at all wrong with it … quite the opposite. I was hoping it would influence other parents to let their children do the same.”
She also added that “The actual quote (from Life & Style) began with “Some might think …” but they conveniently took that out to make it seem the thought was my own, and did not contact me for that final approval.
Kelen concluded by saying:
“Would love if you could include my thoughts, less about restoring my reputation, but more for helping people believe that is is natural and right to let children and people in general express themselves any way they choose, in clothing & in life.”
Well said. Bet she won’t be providing any quote to Life & Style anytime soon!
Check out her whole letter to Jezebel here!