Working in the fashion magazine industry is kind of like waiting at Starbucks. You get in the queue, but then you’re like, “I’ve had enough caffeine and sugar today, even though I was going to get a venti soy chai latte extra hot extra foam no water with espresso, which is Eva Chen’s order.” So you half-leave, and everybody behind you shuffles to fill in the gap. Then you sort of wedge yourself back in because editor in chiefships don’t come to those who can’t stay awake. The whole line grumbles. You go to another Starbucks a few blocks away.
To we the people, giving up a cushy job at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, or Marie Claire might suggest
bath salts temporary insanity, but sometimes a HBIC (or her underling) does take it into her head to “change direction.” Here are the vital stats of five girls who opted out of playing musical chairs to strike out on their own.
1. Kerry Diamond
Life after Harper’s Bazaar: opened two restaurants and a coffee shop with her chef boyfriend; co-founded fashion-y food magazine Cherry Bombe
2. Taylor Tomasi Hill
3. Meredith Melling Burke
Life after Vogue: waited until she was safely outside of Anna’s jurisdiction to start fashion consultancy La Marque with another Voguette
4. Indre Rockefeller
Life after Vogue: became general merchandise manager and creative director of trunk shows at Moda Operandi; became the fourth M’O employee to jump ship since the company’s birth in 2010; became U.S. president of Delpozo, the Spanish brand that should be the official outfitter of Kiernan Shipka
5. Erin McKenna
Life after Flaunt: experimented with frosting while waitressing, launched BabyCakes