CL Leading Ladies: Keepin’ it Classy
September 15, 2009 | by

cute“Temper is a weapon that we hold by the blade.” –James Matthew Berrie

Here at College Lifestyles, we live by CoCo Chanel’s motto: “A girl should be two things, Classy and   Fabulous.” While we chose to live this way, not everyone else does. This weekend was a big one for classiness-less, especially in the celebrity world.

If you haven’t heard (maybe because you live under a rock?) Serena Williams and Kanye West both caused a stir this weekend. Here, you can see clips of each celebrity outbursts: Serena and Kanye.

Why am I writing about this in the CL Leading Ladies column, you ask? Because celebrities are big time leaders. We copy their fashion, listen to their music and often wish to be like them. United States presidential candidates even get celebrity endorsements to boost their campaigns.

Now, these two celebrities have marred their images. The few seconds it took them to cause a scene may also cause them to lose fans, support and their own dignity. More so, however, what kind of message is this sending to children and teen’s that look up to them?

This is what a CL Leading Lady doesn't do!

The same goes for leaders on campus. Now, obviously campus leaders don’t have the same reach as Hollywood celebrities. However, as leaders you are under more scrutiny than others. When you do something you aren’t just thought of as Suzy Smith anymore, but instead, as The President of Alpha Beta. The things you do will not only reflect on you, but your sorority or organization as a whole.

This is something that can be hard to swallow as a college leader. However, once you do, things will go much smoother. You just have to think before act. For example, if you’re heading out for a night on the town, don’t drink so much that you wake up to an unsightly video of your “dancing” plastered on YouTube. Or, if you’ve got more of a competitive edge, make sure you keep your cool during the intramural volleyball game—don’t cause a scene just because you thought the ball should have been in. You are the leader, and others will follow your lead. Make sure your actions are follow-worthy.

Make sense?

Just remember to always keep it classy (This week, think Beyoncé and Roger Federer). Some of the best advice on this I ever received was simply this:

When in doubt, don’t.

Leaders always set the trail for others to follow.

"The leader always set the trail for others to follow."

Emily Trimble is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a degree in Public Relations.  She loves the classiness exuded by Former First Lady Laura Bush.  Send Emily an email at

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Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN is the founder and CEO/Editor in Chief of College Lifestyles. You can follower her on twitter @shellymarierd.

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