This month, our exclusive collection is modeled by inspiring people & personalities who express their individuality through their passions, actions, drive, & style. They are business owners, writers, artists, style icons, nonprofit organizers, movers, shakers, & groundbreakers. One thing they all have in common? Stories worth telling and statements worth spreading. Style, for real. And #StyleForAll.
Meet Emily Heller, Stand Up Comedian & Television Writer
Hometown: Alameda, California
Hobbies: painting, deep frying
Fun Fact: She’s never broken a bone (but her hair has caught on fire three times)
You’ve done so much with your career, from standup comedy to writing, podcasting, and more. What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned in your career development along the way?
Every part of my career has been a surprise. But I think one surprising thing I’ve learned is that I actually enjoy traveling alone! It’s a big part of the job and it can definitely get lonely at times, but I take a lot of pride in being able to entertain myself in a new city.
Ever come down with a sudden case of stage fright or writer’s block? What do you do to reset yourself and keep going?
I never get stage fright, thankfully. That’s never been a problem for me! I love attention too much. But I get writer’s block big time. My favorite remedy for that is to get together with other women who inspire me and to try to make them laugh.
Describe your personal style:
I kind of go back and forth between bookish and Punky Brewster. My closet has a lot of stripes in it.
How has your style evolved over time?
I’m definitely one of those people who goes through swift style phases. Punk, mod, vintage, hippie, bookish, masculine — I’ve tried them all with varying degrees of success. I’m indecisive. I like little black dresses and funny t-shirts equally. I didn’t have much of a budget for clothes when I was younger, so I did a lot of shopping at thrift stores, and I still have a few prized pieces. I’ve always erred on the side of comfort. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve enjoyed being able to buy new clothes that don’t require whipping out the sewing machine to fit me right, but I still trick myself into buying stuff sometimes that I never, ever figure out how to wear.
Do you have a type or style of clothing that you’d consider to be your “uniform”?
Cardigans, jeans, Keds. But I also go through wild, changing phases. I can look very serious or I can show up in one of those bikini girl shirts and gold sneakers.
What was the favorite item you wore during the photo shoot?
My favorite piece I wore during the photo shoot was that rad denim jacket. I love the classic look of denim jackets, and that’s the first one I’ve ever worn that had any stretch in it. That’s such a game changer! I could see wearing that every day.
People often say they want to feel “comfortable” or “confident” in their clothing. What do these words really mean to you?
I’ve been lucky to know a lot of very fashionable women in my life, and no one’s style is more interesting or versatile than my best friend, Allison. She always used to say, “You can wear anything with confidence,” and I totally agree.
I think outfits are kind of like Tinkerbell: believe in it, and she’ll live! As long as you can walk and you’re not constantly pulling your clothes in different directions, it can work somehow. I feel best in clothes that might seem crazy to other people. I like when people wear outfits that make me think, “I can’t picture that on anyone but you.”
What’s your motto or personal mantra?
I have a tattoo on my arm that says: “Thanks for everything, I have no complaints whatsoever.” It’s a prayer that was taught to me at summer camp by the legendary hippie Wavy Gravy. You’re supposed to say it when everything is going wrong. I’m not big on prayer, but this one works for me. Whether you feel awful or amazing, it’s a reminder to be grateful. And if things really stink, you can just say it sarcastically.
+Follow Emily on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook: @MrEmilyHeller
+Check out her podcast Baby Geniuses