“I wish there was something like this around when I was younger” is probably the most touching answer we’ve ever heard to the “what do you do” question. The internet has empowered a whole generation of bright, young things to do just that, and we can’t think of a better, more genuine thing to hear. To know you can put something out into the universe and use it to connect with like-minded individuals when you previously thought you were alone is pretty damn special.
Which is why we’re so drawn to Eileen Kelly. Born in Seattle and bred in downtown New York (she attended The New School for two years), she launched her Killer and a Sweet Thang project after growing up with a single dad and being left to her own devices when it came to figuring out the finer points of ~becoming a woman~. Kelly describes herself as a sexual education blogger who’s redefining “the talk” by giving its community “the sex ed they never got,” as her Instagram bio aptly states—almost like a virtual little sister to Karley Sciortino. The organic result of Kelly’s social media presence (she used her Tumblr FAQ as a sex ed “Asking for a Friend” sort of thing), Killer and a Sweet Thang, which currently lives as a hybrid between a blog and online shop, is moving even further. At the time of our shoot, Kelly hinted at a partnership with Planned Parenthood (she’s in the process of completing their professional training), IRL workshops, and collaborations that have the potential to take her project nationwide (which you’ll just have to wait to hear more about).
The icing on the cake, though (hang in there—you’ll see the absolute need for this very aged analogy in a second), might just be Kelly’s wardrobe. You see, Eileen’s closet might as well be directly pulled from Sex and the City seasons three through five—and we’re not being hyperbolic. She dresses almost exclusively in Manolo Blahnik mules and pumps in the wildest colors and textures, Galliano-era logomania Dior everything, immaculate CHANEL, and accessories like a Smurf blue Dolce & Gabbana fun fur bag (all her late mom’s), save for the occasional streetwear piece, merch, and throwback tees like the winking “Any Man Can Be a Father, But It Takes Someone Special to Be a Daddy” she picked up from the Vintage Twins. Between that and the stacks of Polaroids and giant Basquiat and Warhol prints, we realized just how happy we are that Kelly’s around now for the next generation.