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.

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CONTENTS - By Har­riet Farkash

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 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.”

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