Fashionista Turns Five! Fashionista Sixth Editor (That's Me, Leah Chernikoff) Takes a Look Back With Laughs and Cats

Believe it or not, Fashionista turns five years old this year. Which is, you know, pretty old in blog years. To celebrate our big bday, we’ve asked all of Fashionista’s former editors (in chronological order that’s Faran Krentcil, Natalie Hormilla, Abby Gardner, Britt Aboutaleb, and Lauren Sherman) to reflect back on their time at Fashionista from the highs (seeing a Chanel show) to the lows (being chewed out by Arianne Phillips for leaking her fashion week plans and costing her a client). You've already heard from Faran, Natalie, Abby, Britt and Lauren, So to wrap up our five year birthday nostalgia series, I figured as Fashionista's current editor, I ought to weigh in. I've been here almost two years and I won't even attempt to fit the things I've learned and all the stuff I love about this job into a post. It will be TL;DR and no one wants that.
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Believe it or not, Fashionista turns five years old this year. Which is, you know, pretty old in blog years. To celebrate our big bday, we’ve asked all of Fashionista’s former editors (in chronological order that’s Faran Krentcil, Natalie Hormilla, Abby Gardner, Britt Aboutaleb, and Lauren Sherman) to reflect back on their time at Fashionista from the highs (seeing a Chanel show) to the lows (being chewed out by Arianne Phillips for leaking her fashion week plans and costing her a client). You've already heard from Faran, Natalie, Abby, Britt and Lauren, So to wrap up our five year birthday nostalgia series, I figured as Fashionista's current editor, I ought to weigh in. I've been here almost two years and I won't even attempt to fit the things I've learned and all the stuff I love about this job into a post. It will be TL;DR and no one wants that.
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Believe it or not, Fashionista turns five years old this year. Which is, you know, pretty old in blog years. To celebrate our big bday, we’ve asked all of Fashionista’s former editors (in chronological order that’s Faran Krentcil, Natalie Hormilla, Abby Gardner, Britt Aboutaleb, and Lauren Sherman) to reflect back on their time at Fashionista from the highs (seeing a Chanel show) to the lows (being chewed out by Arianne Phillips for leaking her fashion week plans and costing her a client).

You've already heard from Faran, Natalie, Abby, Britt and Lauren, So to wrap up our five year birthday nostalgia series, I figured as Fashionista's current editor, I ought to weigh in.

I've been here almost two years and I won't even attempt to fit the things I've learned and all the stuff I love about this job into a post. It will be TL;DR and no one wants that.

But the thing that I love the most is the fanstastically talented women I work with here (Cheryl, Hayley, Dhani and our amazing interns Jihan, Nora and Tyler)--and the ones I've gotten to know who preceded me in this role. If I'm being totally honest I was a little nervous about taking a job that would force me to be totally immersed in the fashion world and rub shoulders with editors and publicists who wore clothes more expensive than my monthly (yearly?) rent. Coming from the New York Daily News, where it was more fat guys in suspenders yelling things, would these new people I would work with be normal and down to earth, I wondered?

Well, they were. Especially Lauren, who hired me. She was the best introduction I could have had to this new job and new fashion world. She basically told me to stop worrying so much--which I needed to hear all the time. More than that, she was hilarious. We laughed a lot. And I think that's the other thing I like best about this job: the ability to be silly, to have a sense of humor in this industry that sometimes (often?) takes itself too seriously.

So enough already. Here are my favorite silly stories from my time so far at fashionista. More TK, of course.

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On my first day, I had no idea how to code anything or write a post in the speed it needs to be written for the internet. I have to thank Lauren for being totally chill--which, if you know her, she always is--and just saying, 'Don't worry about it--take your time.' I finally finished this pre-knowing-anything-about-Photoshop masterwork comparing Katy Perry's outfits to childhood toys after three hours.

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I still think this is one of the funniest things ever: Letting Dieter, host of Mike Myer's awesome SNL skit “Sprockets” comment on Berlin Fashion Week. Because he'd totes be there. Sample commentary? “I’m so full of anticipation that my genitals have sucked up into my body cavity.” YES.

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Dhani and I had the idea to put cats in the campaigns. She makes the images (I haven't improved much since that Katy Perry toy post) and I do the captions. It was so fun we did it a second time. And, um, we're gonna keep doing it so hope you like it.

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This was the time when I realized fashion had completely seeped into my brain to the point where I was seeing it in random ads in the New Yorker. Is that Airfrance cartoon lady wearing spring 2011 Prada? Yes, I think she is!

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I have to give a special shout out to Britt, whom I replaced at Fashionista. We've become buddies even though we never worked together and I seriously couldn't get through Paris Fashion Week without her (we've been roommates for two seasons). Because she keeps it silly, as evidenced by this photo. And that's what it's all about.

And lastly, and this is less funny than just sweet, so bear with me: the readers really make this job worth it. I love hearing what you have to say--it matters to me. For example, this potential intern candidate made this for us today. Think she gets the job ;)

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