Olivia Palermo: When Did “Trust Fund Babies” Become “Socialites”?
While watching ‘The City,’ I started to wonder who Olivia Palermo really is, and why she gets such a flattering term attached to her credentials. On second thought — is the word “socialite” really flattering? There is a strange thing that happens with the English language. You take two words that mean the exact same thing, but produce completely different emotions. To me, “trust fund baby” refers to someone that has done absolutely nothing with their life except live off daddy’s money. So what is a socialite? Well, I think a socialite is someone that has done absolutely nothing with their life except live off daddy’s money. Sound similar? Palermo’s father is a New England real estate developer, and she grew up on the Upper East Side. She started to get photographed on the New York social scene around the age of 20, and she made the cover of New York Magazine amidst a website scandal, when socialiterank.com, released a fake letter that was said to be written by Palermo, where she pathetically pleaded for all the New York socialites to accept her. Palermo’s father hired a top firm and sued the website, and it was subsequently shut down. She then said, “I may be a young girl. But behind every young girl is a powerful father.” So this brings me back to my original question. Is this really something to be proud of? Believe it or not, there are a lot of people that are so plagued by their parents success, they spend their entire life trying to top it. Not “socialites” though. For some reason they stand tall. I will at least give Palermo major credit for her style. She can sure pick out a dress.