Emma Barker‘s current job title is as yummy as Carrie Bradshaw‘s favorite cocktail. At age 27, Barker is the sex and relationships editor for Cosmopolitan.
That’s a long way from the Iowa payphone she once had to rely on to fact-check travel article details for Midwest Living. And, as Barker writes for this week’s edition of the magazine’s ongoing column “Get That Life,” it’s also a fair figurative distance from her second stint at New York magazine, during which she volunteered to cover parties and events for The Cut:
Party reporting is one of the hardest jobs you can have because you have to ask what they don’t want to answer. Their publicist is standing there frowning at you. Once there was a married, famous model who was rumored to be having a lesbian affair with another model. I had to ask her about it at her perfume launch party. She was not there to talk about her sex scandal, but I had to ask the question. Her publicist yelled at me, and I left and cried on the subway. I was so humiliated.