BOOKS AND LOOKS: "THE KNOCKOFF" BY LUCY SYKES AND JO PIAZZA

This month’s Book is “The Knockoff” by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. I have had my eyes on this book for a while, hoping that it would go to paper back edition, but when my birthday rolled around in June I decided to get it, and a wonderful purchase it was!

“The Knockoff” is a fictional novel about main character Imogen Tate, the editor-in-chief of Glossy magazine. When she returns from a six month break due to sickness she finds that her former assistant, Eve, graduated from Harvard Business school has come back and fired all the past older workers to hire more younger workers for cheaper, and, worst of all, is trying to turn the magazine into an App. Imogen, lacking in technical knowledge, has to navigate maintaining her position by adapting to modern times but also not abandoning the aspects of being an editor that attracted her to the job in the first place.

If you have been reading a lot of dark or serious books and need a fun, light, or uplifting book, I would suggest reading “The Knockoff”. It was a fun read for me, and through Imogen’s actions taught me little nuggets about the industry that I did not know, such as how the top editor’s apparently never paint their nails. I also enjoyed it because unlike most books where it’s the older generation versus the younger generations it doesn’t disparage either ways of life, which was a qualm that I had when I first heard about the book because, though sometimes true, I get tired of the arguments that Millennials and Generation Z are so bad and unable to interact with others. This book does a great job of showing how both ways, old and new, have excellent attributes, and when working together magic happens.

For looks I decided to show the editor of my favorite magazine right now, Teen Vogue, because their current makeover shows what can happen to a company when they allow people and woman of color in charge, such as their new Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth ( #GirlBoss). Now they not only report fashion news, but report on the Black Lives Matter movement and other events that matter to teens because youth do care about events occurring domestically and internationally.

 

Only 29, Elaine Welteroth was the perfect choice to revive teen vogue. Not only does she have a large following on social media, she used to be the Senior Beauty Editor at Glamour and Beauty and Style Editor at Ebony.  You can read more about her in this article by Essence: http://www.essence.com/2016/05/19/elaine-welteroth-teen-vogue-editor-in-chief


What have been your favorite summer reads, books or magazines? Let me know by commenting below!

See you sunday,

-S.D.