With her new book, Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook, 30-year-old Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder is urging everyone to reclaim the idea of the “basic bitch” and revel in their Starbucks-swilling, Grove-loving, spray-tanner-obsessed selves.
“I realized that I can contribute to the world,” says Schroeder, who also confesses to loving bedazzled shoes, Sex and the City, and musical theater. “I might not be curing cancer or doing major shit, but at least I can help someone feel good about themselves and just embrace their basic bitch tendencies and have a laugh.”
Doing so hasn’t always come naturally to her, and she says Los Angeles and its pretensions don’t make it easier.
“It’s judgey central…in the worst way possible,” says the West Hollywood resident. “There have been so many times where I have been out at parties…and I’m just like. ‘I just want to talk about The Bachelor right now, but I can’t.’”