The Cut’s very own Lindsay Peoples Wagner, who’s worked as a fashion market editor here for the past three years, is the next editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. She will replace Phillip Picardi, who recently left Condé Nast to become the next editor-in-chief of Out magazine.
In many realms, she is known for using her voice to change the beauty and fashion world. From her countless interviews on the truth of being Black and working in fashion to her keeping it more than 100 when calling out photographers and platforms for making thin white women the nucleus of street style, Lindsay simply says what we are all thinking but can’t always find the words to say.
When we asked her what it means to be a Black woman navigating through a predominantly white space, she countered confidently, “For me, I think it means just being my unapologetic self.”
When asked the secret of success, Lindsay ‘d say “Hard work, decisiveness, and a hunger for excellence in anything you do.”
It’s no secret that a lot of people in creative industries come from privileged backgrounds whether it be economic or just having connections to get a job, it really does change the trajectory of your career.
Fashion doesn’t have a timeline, it’s not like going to medical school and being broke for a while but once you leave and start working, you start making a lot of money, so it doesn’t matter that you’ve accumulated a lot of student loan and credit card debt.
“So while I was working at Teen Vogue as an assistant, I also changed mannequins at DKNY after work, and I worked the brunch shift on the weekends at a Jewish restaurant to make ends meet. And even after that job, I always had multiple freelance jobs on the side, which was incredibly challenging to juggle but it was worth it,” she revealed.