Lauren Conrad blasts Allure magazine for calling her 'basic'

Lauren Conrad blasts Allure magazine for calling her 'basic'
Lauren Conrad snaps back at Allure magazine for calling her "basic." (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Oh, snap! Lauren Conrad just gave Allure magazine a dose of sass for calling her "basic."

"The Hills" alum and Paper Crown designer, who covered the mag in April, was targeted in the beauty book's August issue along with a few other sartorial starlets whom the mag deemed "typecast" fashionistas.


The Orange County native and her look-adopting legions were classified in the less-than-flattering and unexemplary "Basic" category, while other celebs and their followers were deemed "Bohemian Hippie" (Vanessa Hudgens) or "Street Stylist" (Leandra Medine).

"Made famous by [rapper] Kreayshawn and viral by YouTube, the Basic woman is remarkably unremarkable," the blurb said. "What's noteworthy about her style is its very plainness. Except to her. She swears those red soled shoes are cutting-edge."

The Basic woman's mane was categorized as "Blowout or sausage curls" and the mag claimed she would smell of "vanilla-cupcake body milk."

When the 28-year-old California girl got wind of the piece, she posted her thoughts on Twitter.

"I definitely just got called a basic ...! Haha! Sausage curls!? Really @Allure_magazine?" Conrad tweeted Monday, sharing a photo of the "Beauty & the Beat" spread and her near-basic commentary on the subject.

For a more concise definition of the word the current vernacular (and for a dose of "kids these days...") we've consulted our good friend, Urban Dictionary.

"Basic: An adjective used to describe any person, place, activity involving obscenely obvious behavior, dress, action. Unsophisticated. Transparent motives."

The term is usually followed by an alliterative expletive (which Conrad so helpfully provided in her tweet), and it's definitely not a compliment. It should be noted that Oakland rapper Kreayshawn, whom the blurb mentions, helped popularize the diss on her 2011 track "Gucci Gucci."

However, the mag also could have simply been referring to Conrad's penchant for basic articles of clothing -- cotton, solid-colored separates, etc.

But it probably wasn't. The accompanying expletive seems to be implied, as all the other categories got the adjective-noun treatment.

Still, Conrad should take comfort in thinking someone at the magazine thought her special enough to put her on the cover a few months ago, and to tout her beauty secrets just last weekend.

Nothing basic to see her. Follow me on Twitter @NardineSaad.