Say hello to WaPo‘s Janet Bennett Kelly. She just moved over to WaPo Magazine where where she will, among other tasks, help write a new Style column, work fashion week and write wedding vignettes. She grew up on Great Neck, Long Island, where her mother indoctrinated her early on into the “creativity of clothing, what it means to have a good eye and the wonders of discount shopping at Loehmann’s.” She tells me, “I often find myself thinking when I put together some outfit or other, ‘What would Mom think of this?” What she likes best about her job so far: “I just started this past Monday and work with an extremely talented pool of people, who are not only smart but generous with their time.” She hasn’t always been into writing or fashion. In fact, her dream years ago was to be a Classical archaeologist. She says, “the connection between now and then is, I guess, that I love digging up new things.”
If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? I prefer non-carbonated, but if I had to pick, it would be Pellegrino.
How often do you Google yourself? I’ve Googled myself twice.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? You must be joking!
Who is your favorite working journalist? I have a few: Robin Givhan, Hadley Freeman, Maureen Dowd.
Do you have a favorite word? minimalism
Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? None of those. I’d like to have dinner with Tina Fey.
What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Marimba
When did you last cry and why? When I saw the film “Inside Job” and realized what pain so few had inflicted on so many.
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