Lindsay Peoples Wagner Shares What It Took to Make It in Fashion Media

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While one foot was in the door, another was working elsewhere to cover the cost of her dream. “I waitressed a lot,” she said. That meant, for example, picking up brunch shifts on the weekends. “That was a really big deal for me because I needed it to be able to afford to live here in New York and also, to be able to afford to work in the fashion industry is very expensive, and so, I’ve worked in the service industry for a very long time.”

“I also just think it’s good character-building,” Lindsay noted, “and a lot of people should, and would probably be a lot more kind if they did work in the service industry at some point.”

As we know from her headline-making promotions, Lindsay’s time in the fashion closet was only the beginning. She worked her way up the editorial ladder with jobs at 0, The Oprah Magazine, again at Teen Vogue and Style.com. Then, in August 2018 as a fashion market editor at The Cut, Lindsay published the standout piece, “Everywhere and Nowhere: What It’s Really Like to Be Black and Work in Fashion.”

“I think there’s always a sense of fear around publishing anything that you’re really passionate about and that is critical,” she said. “That piece forever changed my life and I’m super proud to be able to look back on that.”

Less than two months later—and less than a decade after she first interned at Teen Vogue—Condé Nast announced her as the new editor-in-chief of Vogue‘s online-only little sister. At the time, she was mere days away from her 28th birthday, making her Condé Nast’s youngest editor-in-chief. While it’s an impressive feat, according to Lindsay, people have also tried to use her age against her. “I think now people obsess over my age in a way that I don’t like. Everybody likes to talk about it and, ‘Well, you’re so young to be doing this, then how do you know?'” she said. “I’m actually looking forward to when people can stop talking about my age now.” 

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