On her decision to leave the pre-med world behind in favor of magazines:
The summer between junior and senior year of college, before I took the MCATs, I was like, ‘I want a summer off.’ So I applied to 20 internships, including one at Harper’s Bazaar. That was the only one that paid, so I took it. It was difficult to tell my parents that I was no longer pre-med—they were not so happy as first-generation immigrant parents. I still don’t know that they fully understand what I do.
Her goals as editor of Lucky:
I wanted to bring that original voice back. You could tell that the magazine used to be a consortium of these 10 to 15 women who had the style-obsessed conversations. I wanted to bring the editors back into the magazine a little bit more. And I wanted to bring in a very strong fashion eye and make a magazine that shows that fashion can be fun.
How shopping magazines can stay relevant:
I think that people need a magazine to guide them toward the trends and in the right direction. When I’m shopping, it can be in-store, online, off a blog. Lucky will be the place that pulls it all together.