Week after week of our relatively same routines, we’re approaching the summer’s soiree of change and heightened perspective. With five (that’s right…FIVE) planets officially in retrograde, how can anyone not expect a little turbulence along the way? But all that said, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Sure, we’re in prime breeding grounds for feelings of unease to fester and creep while trying to figure out what’s in store for us this next season; however, this is also the perfect time to remember how far we really have luckily come!
“There’s melody in everything, I’m trying to find the harmony,” as a couple of hardcore kids from Michigan once said (edit: screamed). In order to know what you want or who you are, you also have to know what you don’t want…or who you are NOT. Although we may go through phases that in retrospect seem so far off kilter it’s not even funny, we can at least look back on them at later points in life that feel more true and laugh.
To additionally quote every US Weekly magazine tucked behind decade-old Soap Opera Digests and tragically rejected produce at checkout stands across the country: “Stars—they’re just like us!” So here are a few of our house favorites to prove that point exactly…
From hosting television shows like MTV’s Singled Out in the ‘90s to his current trifecta of AMC’s Talking Dead/Saul, Comedy Central’s @Midnight and NBC’s The Wall (with even more on the way), Hardwick has also produced podcasts, fashioned his own stand-up comedy, wrote a self-help book, appeared in countless other TV shows as well as movies throughout the years, and even originated the role of the nuclear jerk heartthrob Stacee Jaxx in Los Angeles’ debut run of Broadway musical Rock of Ages! No doubt rocking the snake print and skin-tight leather pants while at it.
But an additionally pivotal part of Hardwick’s professional journey has been his past struggle with alcohol. A quick Google search of his appearance circa the ‘90s and early 2000s alone reveals just how different “emo Chris” looked, but he’s the first to tell you how big of an impact kicking the drinking bucket and getting onto a better diet track made on turning his life around. Nowadays using it as a base to inspire others in his signature down-to-earth style, he’s never looked, sounded and of course hosted better!
Between interviewing pop-punk bands for her Buzznet blog, modeling for the Hot Topic brand Skelanimals and hanging out with fellow scenesters like Hanna Beth and her once-“Trashy Life” partner in crime Zui Suicide, Kitching quickly made a public name for herself. But as the emo/scene trend of the time faded away as we started graduating, growing up and realizing we had to move on because our new social media platform Facebook wouldn’t let us extensively code flashing layouts with RAWR scribbled all over them (luckily it was more so of the first two), she was the token former “scene queen” who rose above that image and has reinvented herself in an incredibly authentic way.
Shifting her career to better align with her more genuine interests of fashion, art and the metaphysical, the alternative icon has spent the last couple of years independently blogging, modeling, designing and launching several lines of her own lifestyle products. From creating her own clothing line Tokyo Lux a few years ago to guest designing and styling for so many other alt-funk-fashion brands like DTLA-based Valley City, she frequently appears in indie mags/websites around the globe and is always posting utterly breathtaking photos on Instagram showcasing her unbelievably unique style. Like many of us, she has also grown more in tune with her cosmic side along the way. This lead to the birth of her “soul project” Crystal Cactus, which features personally crafted and curated products like jewelry, candles, essential oil blends, divination tools and other home/beauty items inspired by love, magic, fantasy and the otherwise glamorous spirit.
Last year we praised her in a very similar fashion, highlighting the seriously stunning transformation this misfit maven has pulled off throughout her life in pop-culture’s spotlight. Despite falling into a toxic routine of drugs and partying at a crazy young age, and not to mention literally growing up on camera as a teen reality television star on MTV’s The Osbourne’s (sorry Kendall & Kylie, y'all were far from the first), the once-notoriously deemed ‘lost soul’ has beautifully bloomed a 180-degree turn all her own.
In addition to five infamous years co-hosting E!’s Fashion Police, she has also been a judge on Lifetime’s Project Runway: Junior, Australia’s Got Talent and countless other guest gigs around the world. Further proving performance runs through her blood, she’s done other animated voice-over work, came in third place on season 9 of Dancing with the Stars and even served as a field correspondent/guest voice of reason on The Dr. Phil Show in 2010.
Overcoming a history of drug addiction and lethal public attention, Osbourne has fabulously refined her reign as a fellow alt-fashion sage and honed similarly inspiring messages related to positive body image, overcoming life’s darkest times and embracing overall who you truly are.
Chris Hardwick said so.