Fashion Editor Recalls Cosmopolitan Power Play

At age 31, Zoey Washington is sitting pretty. She’s worked for Marie Claire, Vogue and Essence, and is currently a senior fashion editor at People Style Watch, an accessories editor for Elle and more.


Washington, who attended Maryland’s Garrison Forest high school, spoke to the Baltimore Sun about her steady, impressive rise. Her answer to how she got it started reminds of the value of perseverance:

“At Garrison Forest, every senior completes a [senior project]. I wrote to the fashion director of Cosmopolitan magazine every day for roughly two months until she agreed to let me do my [project] with her (she was a graduate of Garrison). I don’t recommend that anyone repeat my behavior.”

“I made it my business to go to college in New York so that I could pursue fashion and become a fashion editor. I was lucky enough to go to Columbia University, where they pretty much let you do whatever you want in terms of an internship. I continued interning, and it just always led to more opportunities and jobs.”

Washington tells reporter John-John Williams IV that she hopes to eventually operate a successful lifestyle brand and, if possible, base it out of Baltimore. She’s already marching down the entrepreneurial trail with something called LITTLEbird.

Read the rest of the Q&A here.

P.S. Washington’s tactics while attending Garrison Forest also seem to have perfectly embodied the motto above.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.