What is your background/job?
I’m a journalist (ehem, content creator) who covers a little bit of everything: mostly fashion, pop culture, and lifestyle. Currently, I’m the Deputy Editor of ELLE.com.
When did you first get interested in a career in journalism?
My mom was a journalist, so I followed in her editorial footsteps, I suppose. Her tiger parenting also instilled a solid work ethic. But I’ve always loved to write—I used to carry a Harriet the Spy notebook around and report on what my brother was doing (mostly sleeping and watching TV).
How do you think sun safety has become part of conversations around beauty, and where do you see a need for greater awareness?
We’re all a little vain. I think people become more aware of skin care as they get older and start worrying about wrinkles or contemplating Botox. You’re really supposed to wear SPF from an early age into adulthood. Limiting the amount of time you spend in the sun is also crucial, albeit easier said than done.
How do you think leaders in the industry, such as editors and writers, can help promote sun safety?
By including it in our stories and on social media, especially products with invisible finishes that work for a range of skin tones. I’m a big fan of UnSun Cosmetics, a Black-owned business founded by Katonya Breaux (aka Frank Ocean’s mom).
How do you make sun safety part of your beauty routine?
A Korean dermatologist I know recommended wearing Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Lotion SPF 50 Sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather, so I try to do that.
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