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NYT Editor Fashions Hilarious R.E.M. Riff

At one point in the most recent New York Times “Sunday Routine” series column highlighting the weekend habits of xojane.com founder-editor Jane Pratt, the following paragraph can be found:

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PTSD Connected to Modeling

In an essay for New York’s The Cut, Jennifer Sky writes that she developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from her life as a teenage model. Sky — who quit after earning the cover spot on Sassy, which was edited by Jane Pratt — says that she began modeling when she was 15, and the impact of that world was severe:

Countless questionable things happened to me during my time as a model. From neglect to molestation to topless photo shoots to men exposing themselves to being made to stand in a freezing pool until I turned blue, I would be abused for the entirety of my career. Eventually, the highs of the photo shoots began to dull. I started to show signs that things weren’t right; feeling disconnected, hollow, having nightmares. My naturally outgoing personality changed: I became withdrawn and startled easily. It became hard for me to travel new routes, to eat at new restaurants, or even shop at the corner store. I became so timid I no longer spoke. I eventually did not leave my room unless I had a job or a casting.

Sky notes that what she endured hopefully won’t happen anymore thanks to a bill that will give labor protections to models. Still, her tale is a chilling reminder of the harsh reality behind the glamorous life of models. We give Sky a lot of credit for telling her story.

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Cat Marnell Gets $500K for Memoir

Cat Marnell, who quit her job at xojane.com in June of last year to do more drugs, has herself a book deal. The New York Post reports that Simon & Schuster is paying Marnell $500,000 for her memoir, titled How to Murder Your Life.

The proposal for the book — shockingly enough — included many tales of getting high and having sex. Two examples of the latter included Marnell getting “choked out by a Park Avenue millionaire kid in a pine grove by the reservoir at 4 a.m.” and “sex in vacant lots in Bushwick with white rappers.”

That sounds so rebellious and daring. You should read it if you care about sad rich kids trying to ruin their privileged lives.

Hopefully the book deal means Marnell is doing well. Maybe the memoir will even be about how glamorizing addiction is a terrible thing to do. Let us know if it is, because we’re going to pass.

For more on Marnell, check out Mediabistro’s interview with Jane Pratt, who said there was more to Marnell’s exit from the site than drug abuse.

Jane Pratt: ‘I was definitely doing everything I could to get Cat Marnell into rehab’

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You remember Cat Marnell, right? The xojane.com blogger who famously infused her writing of lipsticks and beauty balms with tales of her own drug use.

Well, Mediabistro caught up with Jane Pratt, founder of xojane and Jane and Sassy before that, to find out if she had any regrets about hiring such a controversial scribe. 

“I was definitely doing everything I could to get her into rehab, which she did do, and encouraging her to get better for herself,” Pratt said in the latest So What Do You Do? interview. ”But I don’t think that her writing about it is what made her do it. I think it’s a lot deeper than that, and writing about it was cathartic for her and helpful to other women who were going through that.” 

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Jane Pratt, Editor-in-Chief of xojane.com?

 

Jane Pratt to Magazine Editors: Kill the ‘Magazine Speak’

Jane PrattAfter founding Sassy and Jane, Jane Pratt launched xojane.com in 2011 so she could speak frankly to female audiences, a voice that she says was sorely missing from print pubs.

“It still amazes me that a lot of women’s magazines in particular will use this magazine speak, this terminology.” Pratt told Mediabistro in the latest installment of So What Do You Do?. “Like instead of saying ‘your hair,’ they’ll say ‘your mane’ or ‘your tresses.’ And I always feel like if someone says ‘your lackluster tresses’ instead of ‘your dirty hair,’ you feel like they’re not telling you the whole truth. I feel like that makes you as a reader say, ‘Well, if they’re lying to me about that, what else are they lying to me about?’

For more, read So What Do You Do, Jane Pratt, Editor-in-Chief of xojane.com?

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The New York Observer Lists 50 Media Power Bachelorettes

Yesterday the New York Observer listed 50 media power bachelors, so it’s only right that the women get the treatment too. Today’s list features quite a few stunning and intelligent ladies (Lauren Bans, Jane Pratt, Jenna Wortham and much more), so if you’re in the mood for a slideshow, click through and check them out.

And no, we won’t tip you off on how you can get their digits. The fact that we just wrote “digits” shows you that we wouldn’t be much help anyway.

Courteney Cox Is the New ‘Home Editor’ of Jane Pratt’s Website

Curbed is reporting that Courteney Cox has been named the new “Home Editor” of Jane Pratt‘s new website, xoJane.com, where, according to the press release, she “will be giving xoJane.com readers decorating advice and beauty tips.” Celebrities, what’s ours is yours. Including our jobs. Go on and take them!

Pratt has not only written often about her glittering circle of celebrity friends on her website, she has also been taking them on as contributors in various capacities. Courtney Love has a diary! David Arquette designed a shirt just for the site! And now Courteney Cox is an editor and a columnist! Gosh! In all seriousness though, loading up her site with celebrities doesn’t strike us as a bad move, although she may find it impossible to withstand the competition from Gwyneth Paltrow, who is turning into a media tidal wave and may be launching her own magazine. Pratt’s glory days were in the 1990s, and her celebrity friends represent that: while she’s gushing about hanging out with Michael Stipe, Paltrow, an A-List celebrity herself, is busy interviewing Jay-Z. But there is plenty of lingering 90s nostalgia, so perhaps Pratt has a niche.

Cox’s first post is on the site, in which she recommends a few beauty products that she uses, including a $9 dollar at-home hair dye, which is a nice suggestion because it’s cheap. Unlike, for example, Gwyneth Paltrow’s recommendation of giving someone a $1,400 leather weekend-getaway bag for Christmas on Goop.com.  In her author profile, Cox also answers a few hard-hitting questions like “I smell like: Orange Blossom meets Vanilla meets Coconut” and “I Have Faked An Orgasm (Yes/No): Not in as many years as I can remember.” (Cox did not choose these questions.) We don’t know how much work she’ll put into the site as “Home Editor,” but we wish her luck. Editing a website can be brutal.

Senior Style Editor Anya Strzemien Leaves Huffington Post for Jane Pratt’s Website

Jane Pratt‘s new website, the adorably name xoJane.com, might have gotten off to a rocky start review-wise. But it seems Pratt still has enough media cache to pull in some big names. Business Insider reports that Pratt has hired Huffington Post senior style editor Anya Strzemien as the site’s new deputy editor.

Strzemien worked with Huffington Post for four years, where she was hired to launch lifestyle content, according to a Q&A on xoJane. And she’s a big fan of Jane Pratt: she was inspired by Sassy to produce a magazine called Love for two years. Also, if you’re dying to know, her “celebs to make out with” are Ryan Gosling and Mark Ruffalo. Glad to see Pratt tackling the big questions.

Does Adweek Have a Problem with Female Editors?

When Adweek came out with yet another article on how Tina Brown is difficult to work for, in what is starting to become the most tired media story du jour, it prompted Chris Rovzar at New York Magazine to ask, “What Is It With Adweek and Lady Editors?

First, Arianna Huffington is accused of using a courtesan’s techniques. Then Elizabeth Spiers‘s appointment as editor of the Observer is compared to a bad marriage. And this week … Tina Brown.

To that we might also add, though she’s not an editor, New York’s Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne, who has had a couple of Adweek pieces calling her top position surprising considering a lack of substantive accomplishments.

In comments under Rovzar’s question, someone (from Adweek?) pointed to a nice piece they had on Jane Pratt and one on Pilar Guzman, but Rovzar rightly pointed out that those were Q&As, not analyses.

Of course, we don’t know if Michael Wolff, Adweek‘s editor, has a problem with the ladies. Maybe Rovzar’s theory is a stretch. But we’re hard-pressed to find any explanation why it came out with yet another story on how Tina Brown is tough to work for.

Jane Pratt’s Launch Party Features 90s Flashback

Jane Pratt held a launch party for her website – xojane.com – Tuesday night at the Jane Hotel. Aside from the clever location, the party featured appearances by Michael Stipe and Courtney Love.

Pratt told WWD that she was exhausted from all the work that she’s been doing:

It was more of adrenaline rush than Sassy, Jane or any of the TV/radio stuff that I’ve done. I don’t know why exactly. It was somehow the combination of the live aspect of it and getting the feedback so quickly. That’s why I’m crashing now because I was so high for the last two days, I couldn’t believe it.

When WWD asked Love for a comment, she repeated Pratt’s last sentence, word for word.

We kid, we kid!

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