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Up next, Beauty News Editor at Teen Vogue, Karina Hoshikawa
Where are you from and what was it like growing up?
I’m from McLean, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. I played violin as an extracurricular and spent my summers in Japan, where my family is from. I also have a twin sister, so growing up, I shared everything with her – she’s my bestie.
How did you begin your career as a writer and when did you know that’s what you wanted to do?
Growing up, I always had my head in a book. I loved reading, and as I got to middle and high school, discovered a love for magazines in particular. My mom got me and my sister a subscription to Teen Vogue when we were in 8th grade, and we would literally read it cover to cover as soon as it arrived in our mailbox.
How do you fuel your confidence?
I’ve always been my biggest critic, so it can be really hard to stay confident sometimes — what really works for me is taking a step back to see the work that I’ve done, what I’m doing now, and what I want to be doing in the future. It really inspires me to keep doing my best.
Do you believe in following your gut? If so, name a time when you did and it worked.
I think Michael Scott said it best: “I’m not superstitious, but I’m a little stitious.” Personally, I trust my head over my gut (I’m a Virgo!), but I do believe in trusting your instinct sometimes.
What’s the best advice you’ve received from a mentor?
Remind yourself why you're doing what you’re doing. I grew up loving beauty and makeup, but as a woman of mixed race, I couldn’t always find my concealer or foundation shade in stores. I'm so inspired by beauty brands that are becoming more inclusive than ever, and the fact that people on social media and in the industry are constantly pushing brands to do better.
What is your process when approaching your work?
It usually begins and ends with, “Would I want to read this story?” As someone who loves beauty, I'm constantly on Instagram and reading everything I can during the week to stay up to date on what’s happening in beauty. I’m really lucky to have had amazing editors who have been extremely influential in my career, and have really helped me hone in on extrapolating the best of what's out there (because there's a lot!) and contextualize it for our readers.
Have you taken any risks? If so, what was the outcome?
I think moving to New York City is probably the biggest risk I've taken so far! I went to college at NYU, and even though I wasn't at all sure how to make my dream of working at a place like Teen Vogue a reality, I hoped that being in New York would get me closer to realizing that.
When do you feel most empowered?
I feel the most empowered when I'm surrounded by the people I love. I've always been really close to the women in my family — my sister, my mom, my grandmother — and their support means everything to me.
Name three things about being an editor that people may not know.
1. It's a *lot* of hard work, which sometimes means being on after-hours to attend events or cover breaking news.
2. You have to see things through the lens of your reader, which means I have to be selective in what I cover.
3. You get to make some really great friends :)
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be like you?
Do your homework. If you want to work at a magazine or website, you need to be familiar with its style and history. That, and start freelancing or interning as early as you can to begin making relationships within the industry. And always, always, always treat people with kindness and respect...but I think that’s just a generally good thing to do no matter your profession.
3 fave LIVELY pieces?
The Long Lined Lace Bralette, The Mesh-Trim No Wire, and The Tank One-Piece.