• Thu, Feb 9 2012

Chelsea Handler Has The Right Idea About Helping Other Women In Their Careers

Chelsea Handler is on the latest issue of Redbook Magazine. Yes, you heard me right. Chelsea Handler.  The same woman who said, “There are two kinds of people I don’t trust: people who don’t drink and people who collect stickers.”Of course, she is right. That is just good common sense. But Redbook is a serious, grown-up woman’s magazine. I mean Michelle Obama was recently on the cover. Chelsea Handler likes to be known as a “Drunken Slut.” But the girl has a great career and she isn’t pulling up the ladder behind her it sounds like. She said: ‘I read this cheesy quote once: “Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours glow brighter…’We women have to stick together… I’m very much about letting other people shine, because it makes us all shine brighter. I like having a fraternity. I like girls and boys together, misfits and underdogs – I love underdogs.”

And she does let people shine. After all, her writing staff just wrapped up the first season of their show, After Lately. It centers on their lives and though Chelsea is featured she is not the main focus (though they do talk about her a lot but usually negatively.) But she is still giving other people a chance to shine as she has many spotlights on her anyway with her hit talk show Chelsea Lately, her sitcom, Are You There, Chelsea?, based on her book, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, a movie coming out this month (This Means War) as well as more books in the can and pegged for the future.

As journalist Hampton Stevens wrote of the comedian for The Atlantic:

“Chelsea Handler is not a businesswoman. To paraphrase Jay-Z, Handler is business, woman. The New Jersey-born comic is conducting an all-out entrepreneurial assault on American mass media. And winning.

She’s written four bestselling books, mostly detailing  her drunken sexual escapades and dysfunctional family. Three of those books went to number one on the New York Times‘ bestseller list. One of them, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, debuted at number one, and her national stand-up comedy tour in support of the book raked in another $10 million. She has her own publishing imprint, and her own production company, Borderline Amazing. She’s been on the cover of Playboy, posing for a non-nude pictorial inside, and Forbes named her one of the World’s Most Powerful Women.

Not too shabby for a self-described “drunken slut.”"

Plus she supports helping other women. That drunken slut is okay in my book.

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