Samhita Mukhopadhyay

Samhita Mukhopadhyay

by Melissa Magsaysay

The Editor Making Fashion Media More Inclusive

To say that we are in need of extraordinary leaders who value integrity, progress and diversity in our current society is a total understatement. Politics of course is a prime arena for (sometimes) producing these types of people but media is not far behind it, particularly as accuracy can sometimes give way to agendas and a need for salacious headlines.

Thankfully, there are journalists like Samhita Mukhopadhyay, the executive editor at Teen Vogue and a veteran writer and speaker on subjects like politics, feminism and race. Through her impressive background and work, including a book called, “Outdated” and countless stories about women, identity and current events, she is now reaching a younger audience at a crucial point in their lives and in our country, ensuring they are informed about issues ranging from sexual identity to gun violence and of course, voting and politics.

Here, Mukhopadhyay shares some insight on how she started on her particular career path, the Teen Vogue topics and stories she’s most proud of and a few of her favorite designers (some of which have yet to start making larger sized clothing.)

Q & A With Samhita

Have you always been passionate about politics and social issues? What has been your inspiration to continue exploring the topics you cover?

Yes, from when I was very young I had a keen sense about injustice and wanting to do what was right. My inspiration to work every day is that I believe that world can be a better and more just place and I want to make sure I did what I could - the rest is up to you!

Do you feel that fashion and media has made great strides to become more inclusive?

Yes, media very much so and when it comes to style I think the beauty industry has been amazing. But I think fashion has a long way to go - you are seeing great sites like 11 Honoré pop up but in general it's hard to go into a shop as a plus size/curve lady and still find something cute to wear.

What more do you feel needs to be done to ensure that inclusivity and diversity become the norm?

It should just be the norm to have differing sizes of people for everything from the movies to advertising to runways to magazines. That's how normalize anything, but just assuming it is always there from the beginning.

What do you consider a career highlight (thus far)?

This job! And the two books I've published.

So far, what has been a favorite story or topic you've written about or worked on during your Teen Vogue tenure?

Our gun control coverage is what I am most proud of, but I love what we do on the arts/fashion/beauty and entertainment front.

How would you describe your personal style?

70's glam with a hip hop flare and modern touches. I'm pretty trendy but I pair them with classics.

Who are some designers you admire?

Christian Siriano his vision and inclusion is unparalleled. I'm obsessed with Alessandro Michele and I do love some Stella McCartney but wish both made clothes for big girls.

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