I am horrible at goodbyes. I’ve definitely had a fair proportion in my lifetime. Shifting to new colleges. Switching jobs. Simply this fall, we packed up our home of 16 years and moved to my husband’s childhood hometown. Now, after almost six years at Attract, I am closing this chapter and heading to a sunny new coast for an enormous new function at Netflix. And I am struggling to search out the appropriate phrases.
It is an thrilling second, however bittersweet as a result of I am going to miss everybody at Attract a lot. This has been a dream job, the place I believed I might keep ceaselessly. I nonetheless pinch myself over the unbelievable experiences I’ve had throughout my time right here. I’ve interviewed icons (Helen Mirren, Lupita Nyong’o) and trailblazers (Awkwafina, Mj Rodriguez). I sat entrance row at a style present in an English fortress and soaked up skin-care historical past in Shizuoka, Japan. I had my nails painted by masters and rang the opening (and shutting!) bell on the New York Inventory Change. However the reminiscences I am going to maintain most pricey revolve round what the good staff right here achieved.
Once I first began this job, I did a Q&A session for a couple of hundred members of our income staff. In a closing, enjoyable velocity spherical, the interviewer peppered me with questions like, “What three phrases greatest describe you,” “Favourite lip colour?” and ended on: “What’s your objective for Attract?” With out hesitation, I answered, “I need to change the world.”
On the time, I stated it with a wink. However almost six years later, I am immensely happy with how a lot floor we moved. We genuinely shifted the way in which folks have a look at and discuss magnificence. We helped change the worldwide narrative round growing older. We challenged the way in which the trade talks about sustainability. We explored, deeply, the tradition of hair and pores and skin colour and race and the various methods the normal magnificence machine has excluded folks. We challenged the antiquated notion of who will get to be lovely. We celebrated many firsts (the primary man, first trans girl, first mannequin with Down syndrome on our cowl) and rejected tokenism (after having solely two Asian cowl stars within the first 28 years of Attract, we have featured eight in simply the previous few years). We did all this whereas sustaining and increasing Attract’s authoritative science reporting and product evaluations in all places from these pages to our Science of Magnificence podcast.
I need to thank the entire staff, previous and current, who made these years so particular. And I am so grateful to all of you on the market who’ve supported what we do. This can be goodbye, however I will be a reader and watcher and shopper of all issues Attract, at all times. To cite Keats, “A factor of magnificence is a pleasure ceaselessly.”
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