The Editor: Isabel Wilkinson
If there’s anyone we could be when we grow up, it just might be Isabel Wilkinson. Everyone told this whip-smart wordsmith that print was dead (just as she was entering journalism school), but Wilkinson let it roll right off her back and lived to tell the tale. “What I learned is that the power of story-telling is still as strong today as it ever was, even though the ways we get those stories have changed,” she says. While still in school, Wilkinson interned with The Daily Beast just following its launch. Her arduous work slogging through headlines in the wee hours for the site’s now-signature Cheat Sheet turned enough heads to land her a job following graduation.
Isabel now serves as the DB’s Fashion and Arts Correspondent, often “covering stories that sit at the center of the Venn Diagram: art and fashion, fashion and politics.” We can’t wait to see what she’s got up her e-sleeve next, including the July launch of a dedicated fashion blog, titled Fashion Beast. But, like many stars in their field, Wilkinson never forgets the best lessons from her teachers, such as those from her undergraduate professor A. Scott Berg. “He taught me a lot of things, like putting motivational sticky notes next to your computer in case you get writer's block — and that truly productive people don't waste time on lunch breaks.” Consider our sandwiches ordered for delivery and our sticky notes stuck!
—Elizabeth Parks Kibbey
Hair by Jacquie Fetch, makeup by Mayera Abeita and Ali Magee.