Inside the Cal Student Store, where fans and police officers alike eagerly waited to meet the reality show star.
When Lauren Conrad arrived for her book signing at the Cal Student Store last Monday, she was greeted with what can only be described as absolute pandemonium. The 500-strong crowd, made up of not only Berkeley students but fans from all over, seemed to buzz with awe and excitement. Many had been waiting for hours, and the overall mood of the crowd can be best described by one guy who was overheard telling his friends, “Guys! She’s here! She’s real!” Indeed, Conrad’s fans came out in droves to support her latest project.
The former MTV’s The Hills reality star was in town to promote Sugar and Spice, the third novel of her “LA Candy” series, as well as Lauren Conrad Style, a book of fashion tips for young women. I really enjoyed seeing Lauren Conrad during her book signing at the Cal Student Store last Monday – or, at least, I think I did. With over six hundred books to sign in just two hours, I couldn’t help but feel like this was a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it moment, where fans were ushered in and out of the bookstore as quickly as possible. We were told not to take pictures past a certain point, and at the front of the line, fans were told to hold our books exactly where Conrad was expected to sign. I also noticed that everyone at the event seemed a little more dressed up than usual, and I later found out that Lauren Conrad had started a contest, in which the best-dressed person at the book signing would be featured on her Twitter page. Yet after checking her page, I found nothing of the sort – not even a mention of the Berkeley signing.
Long lines formed throughout the student store.
Lauren Conrad, signing books and greeting fans.
I have to admit that I’ve never seen an entire episode of The Hills, nor have I seen Laguna Beach, the first MTV series Conrad starred in. I do, however, know enough about entertainment to know that she has fans, and many of them. I would think that after building her empire (Conrad is not only an author, but a designer as well) with the support of her fans, she would do more than just show up to the event, with very little interaction with her fans. The bright side? At least she looked nice.
Mission accomplished! The author with her own signed copy. All photos by the author.