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Friday, January 4th 2013

She’s The Bop: Sarah Sophie Flicker


It's easy to be obsessed with Sarah Sophie Flicker—and I should know, since I've been obsessed with her for years.

She's the ringleader of the cabaret / burlesque / protest rally / rock-n-roll show that is The Citizens Band, the American editor of the ultra-hip Lula Magazine, the muse to designers like Anna Sui and Erickson Beamon, and the unofficial mentor of Zooey Deschanel.

She's also the auteur of this internet sensation, a re-vamp of the 1964 song "You Don't Own Me" with fashion starlets like Alexa Chung, Karen Elson, and Lena Dunham.

(Oh, and Blair Waldorf name-checked her once on Gossip Girl, which for me was the ultimate OMG. Anyway, here's the interview...)

FARAN KRENTCIL: When you're onstage with The Citizens Band, you're often performing on a trapeze. How did you start learning aerial tricks, and what happens when you're first learning, and you're terrified?!
SARAH SOPHIE FLICKER: Amanda is an incredibly inspiring and nurturing teacher, but she will tell you I'm no Evil Knievel. I'm about as un-daring as they come. Especially once I became a mother!

FK: It's 1am, you can't sleep, and you're starving. Please name your go-to late-night snack and late-night movie.
SSF: Oh geez, story of my life. I'm always a big fan of popcorn. Late night viewing is usually MSNBC recorded during the day or Democracy Now—totally stupid, considering the news is not the most relaxing viewing.

FK: Name a movie character you'd take to a party.
SSF: Louise Bryant. She was an American journalist and writer. She was best known for her Marxist and anarchist beliefs and her essays on radical political and feminist themes.

FK: I said a movie character!
SSF: Diane Keaton portrayed her in one of my favorite films, REDS with Warren Beaty and Jack Nicholson! We could talk politics and feminism but also wear some lace and berets. My kind of night! Hopefully, she would bring Emma Goldman and Eugene O'Neil with her!

FK: Please choose something on Shopbop.com that you would wear to this party, with or without Eugene O'Neil.
SSF: Lace and berets, of course! This Sonia Rykiel dress, these Jason Wu lace pumps, and this Eugenia Kim hat.

FK: If Xena Warrior Princess and She-ra Princess of Power got into a fight, who would win?
SSF: Oh wow, I have no idea. I suppose it speaks volumes that I haven't watched either of these shows. I was a theater and dance nerd growing up, so if you asked me about a musical theater face-off or silent film showdown, I'd have some answers!

FK: But we all know who would win a Cosette vs. Eponine battle! Anyway, last question: please describe your personal style in one sentence. This sentence must include the word "angel."
SSF: I love this part! This is like the fortune cookie game of ending your fortune with "in bed," although a mandatory "angel" addition is much nicer! Hmm, ok: "Down on her luck revolutionary showgirl... angel?"

--Faran Krentcil

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