What Marion Kelly taught us about being geek-chic

Unintentionally hilarious BBC interview video clip with professor Robert E. Kelly goes viral, as little Marion Kelly becomes a fashion-plate for geek-chic.

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Little Marion Kelly, setting the Geek-chic trend. (Screen grab of YouTube video clip featuring Marion with Dad, Robert Kelly)

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2017 —Just last month, two lovely kids – 8-month-old James, rocking a walker, and 4-year-old Marion, who was all hippity-hoppity in a yellow sweater – stole the show from their dad, political science professor Robert E. Kelly.

While in the middle of a live, BBC TV interview beamed from a home office, Professor Kelly faced one of the classic fears parents can face during such a moment. As he discussed the serious business of South Korean geopolitics with a BBC reporter, Kelly’s two kids walked in on their dad’s interview. One attention-seeking tyke in particular commandeered the attention of the interviewer, the Beeb’s TV audience, and eventually the entire Internet after the clip was posted. (We’re re-posting it below.)

Some online commenters duly noted the grace and composure that Kelly displayed while still under the pressure of explaining the current situation that South Korea is dealing with. Others praised the support Kelly’s wife, Kim Jung-a, showed when she rushed in to manage the then serious but now funny moment.


That soon-viral video clip was instantly popular because people saw the humor in it, and various discussions ensued. Unsurprisingly, an array of netizens generated memes of the now-emerging style icon, little Marion Kelly.

Emerging Style Icon
We say emerging because, just recently, Marion stole the show from her parents yet again, this time during a press conference in South Korea where they talked about the viral video that made them famous. Naturally, because they are in-demand, Marion and James were present. But while the parents answered questions from the audience, the star was clearly Marion who exuded an enduringly meme-able vibe, dressed in a lovely trench coat and her now signature pink glasses.

Now if you thought that by now, everyone on the Internet likely had enough of the BBC Interview Kid, then you thought wrong. That’s because ever since the admirable four-year-old Marion waltzed into our lives by storming her father’s live interview, she also stole our hearts by showing us how to be fearless and fashionable at the same time.

Sure, the fashion and clothing worlds online already have plenty of mini muses aged 10 and under like North West and Blue Ivy, who surely take inspiration from their celebrity parents. But there isn’t anyone yet as popular and geek-chic as Marion Kelly. She turned the bookworm aesthetic and librarian normcore into mainstream styles.

Here are three of the most memorable looks that this cute young lady allowed us the honor of seeing:

The Sweater
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f you wear a bright-colored sweater ensemble, you can have the power to command the attention of everyone when you walk into a room.

The Stripes
A street style look is just right when you offset an outfit radiating Beetlejuice vibes with skinnies and heels.

The Trench
Even when you have to answer a load of questions from a panel of interviewers, you can never go wrong when you wear a classic trench coat that you pair with a pinstriped top. Of course, do not forget to accessorize your whole look with a pair of chic pink glasses. Complete your outfit with a fierce glare. Geek with a touch of pink is a sure win.

Takeaway
Throughout our lives, there are plenty of moments we thought went way wrong, only to realize later how funny they were and are in reality. While most of us have endured such  memorable events in our lives, not all of us can say we commanded such moments with grace and the proper fashion sense.

Geek-chic Marion Kelly has shown us how to rock any situation that most adults would find awkward or intimidating. From an ode to Beetlejuice, to a trench coat look that stole a press conference, to the yellow sweater from which everything began, we might just have to channel our own inner Marion to gain control of whatever situation we may find ourselves in.

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