Everything about Olivia Muenter, a fashion and beauty editor at Bustle, feels refreshing. Her sense of style is always on point, her Instagram is beautifully curated and uplifting, and each story she writes for Bustle provides a unique, honest perspective on whatever subject she's covering. We think she has some pretty cool experiences as an editor - from going shopping with Beyonce's stylist to trying the newest, latest beauty products - read on to learn more about Olivia’s experience as a fashion/beauty editor and what inspires her.
Please introduce yourself!
Hi there! I’m Olivia, a Fashion and Beauty Editor at Bustle.com who loves the power of a great outfit, dumplings, and true crime TV shows.
How did you get into media? When did you become interested in fashion + beauty?
Throughout high school and college, I always loved fashion and beauty (particularly fashion), but I never thought it was possible to get a job in the field — it seemed more like a job in movies than a REAL job. I majored in journalism and started writing for Bustle’s Fashion & Beauty section a couple months after the site first launched. Almost two years later when I was graduating college, there was a full-time job opening on the Fashion & Beauty team. I got the job, moved to New York, and the rest is history!
I think that more and more, media is becoming an important place for writers/editors to hold brands accountable — champion when brands get it right, remind them when they get it wrong, and talk about how things can be better.
What are some of your favorite things to write about?
In the fashion and beauty realm, I love writing about both things as the relate to people’s individual experiences with confidence, anxiety, and everything in between! I love writing about how clothing can be a tool to make you feel your best. In a more general sense, I love writing anything that other people can connect with and relate to.
What role do you feel like media plays in the fashion and beauty industry? How has it changed over the years (the good and bad)?
I think that more and more, media is becoming an important place for writers/editors to hold brands accountable — champion when brands get it right, remind them when they get it wrong, and talk about how things can be better. I definitely feel like outlets feel more comfortable with being open about all of those things, and in turn brands continue to improve (though, often, slowly).
Any bloggers that you love to look at for inspiration?
I love following people like Alex Michael May on Instagram for fashion/general life inspiration!
The philosophy that drives And Comfort is the idea of finding delight in the everyday. What’s something that brings you delight?
I try to ask myself every day what I want out of life and create moments, projects, and goals that are based upon that. Asking myself this every day for small things like outfits (making sure I wear pieces that I feel good in, despite everything else) or big things like career goals has made a huge difference in all aspects of my life and consistently brings me inspiration and joy.