The Cut's Editor In Chief, Stella Bugbee: Part 1, The Profile
Stella Bugbee's career as an editor did not begin in a clear-cut manner. She only realized her strong interest in editorial work when a company she started with her college friends produced a magazine. This moment set the stage for her career, in which she has held numerous titles such as Design Director at Domino magazine, consultant, to being the current Editor-in-Chief of The Cut.
Stella Bugbee Bio and Career Timeline
Stella Bugbee's love of fashion and design began at a young age. She attended Parsons School of Design where she majored in communication design, which was a perfect blend of all her interests: photography, writing, visuals as well as art and creative direction. Bugbee's career began with a number of internships while she was still a student at Parsons, most notably her work for Roger Black who designed many major magazines such as Rolling Stone. By her own admission, Stella Bugbee's career trajectory was not straight-forward. After graduating, Bugbee worked for an advertising agency called Spot Co, she then started a company with two college friends where they produced a magazine, this was when she realized her strong interest in editorial work. Below is a detailed overview of Stella Bugbee's career timeline.
• 1994-1998: Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design.
• 1997-2007: board member at the Center for Urban Pedagogy.
• 2003-2018: Creative Director at Topic magazine.
• 2006-2008: Design Director at Conde Nast.
• 2008: visiting critic for final reviews, Yale University.
• 2006-2009: Design Director at Domino magazine.
• 2009-2010: Associate Creative Director at AR New York.
• 2009-2012: Creative Director at Bugbee & More.
• 2011-2012: Editor at Large for New York Magazines daily fashion.
• 2012-2017: Editorial Director at The Cut.
• 2017-present: Editor in Chief at The cut.
Prominent Projects and their Impact
The Cut is, arguably, Bugbee's most prominent and impactful project. According to a SurfaceMag article, "[s]tella Bugbee has successfully re-imagined the fashion magazine for the digital age." The Cut initially started as a fashion blog on the New York Magazine (NYMag) website in 2008. The initial website was poorly designed and aesthetically lackluster. NYMag initially hired Bugbee as a consultant and gave her the task of turning the blog into a "robust website with a range of coverage and a clear visual sensibility." Bugbee did more than that, her work was impressive enough to land her an editorial job without ever having been an editor before. According to NYMag's Editor-in-Chief Adam Moss, Stella Bugbee is a natural editor. The Cut was relaunched in 2012 and is now "a key part of New York’s brand." It currently has more than 8 million monthly unique visitors, representing a 40% increase since 2016.
In addition to The Cut, Bugbee has also taught design and typography at Parsons and served as a visiting reviewer for the Yale MFA program.
TOP WORKS BY Stella Bugbee
Stella Bugbee's most prominent project and biggest success to date is her work and role at The Cut. In fact, her editorial career only began at The Cut, therefore, much of her writing has been for the publication. As a result, we have included the articles she has produced for The Cut as her important works. Bugbee's official page with all the articles she has written for The Cut is available here. Below are just some of her most recent articles.
• Title: "I Keep Wondering When I Will Become Invisible."
• Title: "The Best of New York Health & Self 2018."
• Title: "Finding Comfort Among Beautiful Strangers."
• Title: "Fashion Has an Image Problem Glamour is predicated on transgression."
Stella Bugbee's Mission for The Cut
In a recent interview with Fashion Week Daily, Bugbee admits that a lot more work still needs to be done, particularly in "exploring what a women’s publication could be." Her mission is to reach ambitious women, her key demographic. She aims to reach this demographic by focusing on four points of the Approval Matrix: "funny, smart, sexy, and stylish." These four points embody the tone of The Cut.
In a move to ensure that her mission for The Cut is fulfilled, Bugbee has enlisted top names such as former New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, Rebecca Traister, and Allure founding editor Linda Wells. According to Cathy Horyn, "[t]he idea is to stay fresh, try new things."
Stella Bugbee in the news
• Title: "[s]tella Bugbee Promoted to President and Editor-in-Chief of the Cut."
• Publication: New York Magazine
• Date of publication: 7 June 2017
The article announces Stella Bugbee's promotion to Editor-in-Chief of The Cut and highlights the career experience that made her the perfect fit for the job.
• Title: "[t]hrough radical empathy, New York‘s The Cut achieves success in the women’s media space."
• Publication: Columbia Journalism Review
• Date of publication: 19 March 2018
This piece is based on the backlash Babe.net received after publishing a story. The media reaction was quick and tough, however, The Cut's approach was more empathetic. Stella Bugbee is quoted as saying, "[e]mpathy is my political stance in general."
Stella Bugbee has been praised by her colleagues and the industry for her natural ability to be a top editor without having much editorial experience. Her natural instinct, creativity, and drive have not only allowed her to transform The Cut from a mediocre fashion blog to a leading magazine but have also placed her at the helm of the publication.