This is Man Repeller!
She’s one part blogger, one part fashion elite—and 50 million parts fantastic. Let’s get to know her a bit better.
Meet Leandra Medine, the blogger who has changed people’s perception of fashion, one man-repelling outfit post at a time!
In May 2010, Leandra Medine was with a friend in the change rooms of a Topshop in New York, trying on tencel harem shorts, a white muscle tee that read ‘Mom’ and a floral-print denim vest, laughing about how everything she was trying on was so man-repelling.
That’s when it hit her; she was single because of her sartorial choices. But instead of purchasing a sensible LBD, Leandra went home and forked out $10 for a domain name. And so manrepeller.com was born.
Three years later and aged only 24, Leandra runs a website that has more than 3.5 million visitors a month, was named one of Time magazine’s 25 best blogs of 2012, has more than 1,44,400 Facebook ‘Likes’, 5,44,000 (and counting) Instagram followers, not to mention 1,83,800 followers on Twitter. Basically, she’s killing it. And we can’t get enough of Leandra and her positive message wrapped up in her seemingly crazy outfits— that you should get dressed every day in an outfit you love, and wear it with pride.
All that, and she has a book out, Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding
Overalls. We caught up with Leandra to talk about fears, clothes, blogging and getting married. Yep, that’s right, even the biggest man repeller of them all snagged herself a good bloke.
Cosmo: Congrats on the book. You wrote about some pretty embarrassing moments: where do you find the confidence to write about that stuff?!
Leandra Medine: “According to Myers-Briggs [a test for personality type], I’m actually 87% extrovert, which should indicate that where I need to find confidence is in my submitting to shut up.”
C: What’s your writing process for a book? Is it different to the blog?
LM: “Blog posts get rated daily, whereas a book must live on shelves forever. It’s the difference between ‘investing’ in a pair of highly trendy neon pants or a pair of simple, white trousers—which ones actually harbour longevity? The white pants, obviously. The book needs to be approached that way too.”
C: What have you worn that’s gotten the biggest reaction—either good or bad?
LM: “I think what’s more valuable here is that I once wore a Comme des Garçons satin black motorcycle jacket, which featured these enormous horse hair ruffles on the shoulders, and no one so much as flinched. I’m like the ‘boy who cried wolf’ with my clothes.”
C: What’s the most expensive thing in your wardrobe?
LM: “I have no idea. I don’t rate, and therefore sample size my wardrobe according to price.”
C: What do you wish every girl owned in terms of clothing/ accessories?
LM: “I think that a nice quality minaudière [embellished evening bag] is a pretty handy thing to own, even though it seems kind of futile because it’s so small. It’s an easy, instant dose of elengance even on a day you’re wearing gym clothes.”
C: You recently married Abie Cohen—congrats! What has surprised you about marriage?
LM: “I think I’m most surprised by how unsurprising it’s been. Our life didn’t change, it just continued in a pretty filter. (I want to say X-Pro II, but Abie might argue Amaro.)”
C: What’s your biggest fear?
LM:“Having my tongue cut out of my mouth.”