Get to Know Team MR: Meet Amelia, Deputy Editor and Senior Writer

  • It's very important to master the closed-mouth smile just in case you ever win employee of the month at Walmart or need to get your passport updated.
  • Krista taught me to pose like this (with all of my anxious body weight leaning into a wall) so that I appear less awkward in photographs.

    3x1 jeans, Eugénie shirt, Mercedes Salazar earrings, Carmelinas boots
  • Just checking out the local talent.
  • I like to write stories about all the crap that everyone already has swirling around in their heads and then try to clarify or work through them so that they don't have to. "The Avocado Theory" was one of those. The Big Chill was satisfying, too.
  • Recording my episode of Oh Boy was so much fun. It was like being on a date in Jay's studio/kitchen, only if it had been a real date (it wasn't!) Jay would have complained that all I did was talk about myself for an entire hour.
  • Turns out I like to write about avocados in general. They make for great metaphors, but everything does, really, if you overthink things enough. Instagram Death Match: Rosé vs. Avocado Toast needed no over-thinking, however.
  • "A Place to Call Home" was a really personal story I wrote in 2013. (It's even more special to me because Charlotte illustrated two really beautiful pictures for it -- this one, and another one of Rhode Island that never ended up running. I have it saved at home.) The ending is so cheesy that it makes me cringe in retrospect. That's one thing about writing: your style changes and your thoughts change and you change, but the old you floats, forever accessible, the moment you hit "publish." Kind of scary, but it keeps me honest.

  • Writing and conducting the interviews for this story changed my perception of the industry. The women I spoke to were incredible, and publishing it encouraged me to stand by the right to a critical eye: "Let’s Talk About It: Diversity in Fashion."
  • Not only was "Awkward in Ten Seconds or Less" one of the first stories I wrote for Man Repeller -- I think I wrote it on the second day I started? -- it was one of the first stories that I accidentally published before it was ready. That was a very fun phase!
  • My parents are my constant muses. Also, I liked "Explaining Social Media to Your Parents" because it transcended MR's typical readership and found its way to a few of my guys friends. I think it's cool when that happens.
  • Hello obviously a highlight of my life/career was meeting Susan Miller and interviewing her for a story that turned into "Susan Miller’s 5 Top Fives." She's fantastic.
  • I love love so much, but I really loved love after interviewing Rajni Jacques and David Dowd for their "It’s Kind of a Funny Story." It was honest, sweet and real. This is how it happens. (Which is both terrifying and comforting.)
  • Mom time: The making of "Sandals as the Quintessential White Tee for Your Feet" was a very cool MR-is-growing-up-moment for me because I watched Krista, Emily and Elizabeth come together as a creative, excited team of vision-making problem-solvers and make really beautiful photos that told a story without words.
  • "Men in Going Out Tops" was a very important piece of journalism that I conducted. (When done sparingly, this is one of my favorite kinds of stories to work on because it's not work. It's pure fun.)
The Writers | March 23, 2016

After you get to know Amelia, meet our Graphic Designer, Emily Zirimis, our Digital Director, Kate Barnett, our Managing Editor, Elizabeth Tamkin, our Audio Engineer, Quazzy, the woman who founded this website, Leandra and our photographer, Krista.

In honor of career month at Man Repeller, we’re profiling the team so that you can get a better sense of who does what, how this place runs and who interviewed all the other team members like the female Brandon Stanton sans photography or people skills. In fact, that person is me, Amelia. Writing my very own intro. Which is like throwing your own birthday dinner if you don’t mind that kind of thing.

And so, I turn the microphone on myself.

You’re the Deputy Editor and Senior Writer at Man Repeller. What does that mean you do?

I am still not sure what “deputy” means, absent of the context of law enforcement. Editor means that I edit the content on the website. I work with contributors and freelancers on their stories, I help organize and strategize our content calendar, I say the word content a lot, I work with the ad sales and visual teams when creative direction is needed or words are involved, I answer a lot of questions, get cranky easily and I write.

Where were you before this?

New York Magazine for almost two years where I held three semi-simultaneous jobs: print magazine fashion assistant, Weddings fashion editor and contributor to The Cut. Before NY Mag I worked in PR at Ralph Lauren and before that, I was an assistant at PR Consulting.

What did you go to school for?

Journalism and mass communication with a minor in visual arts, although I don’t think that your major has to dictate your future path. Your undergraduate years are a time to make yourself as well-rounded as possible. If I could do it over again I would have focused more on history, just for fun.

How did you find/get started at Man Repeller?

Leandra and I met at an internship when we were both still in college. I wrote her a Facebook message because I liked her dress and needed friends in New York City. She was obsessed with me so she wrote back. We stayed close throughout the end of college/our respective careers and then she blackmailed me during the end of my time at NY Mag until I joined Man Repeller. Watch our ~*story*~ here.

Favorite part of your job?

– When I cannot wait to write something; when I’m bursting because I have something to say and then I realize I have a place to do so.

– The women I work with. They are truly inspiring and encourage me to see the world in so many ways I normally would not. They have taught and are teaching me a lot.

– The people I’ve had a chance to interact with/meet/interview for Man Repeller projects, recurring columns and stories.

– The Man Repeller community. It’s mind blowing to see the potential we have to spark real change. The readers and commenters foster this environment. They are so smart and engaged that there’s no room for laziness or apathy on my end. It’s terrifying but so gratifying. Also, everyone’s hilarious. I spend more time laughing at the comments section than answering emails. Sorry if you email me!

Least favorite part of your job?

Messing up — the realization of doing so shoots down my spine and into my gut. I’m learning how to learn from it.

Also, sometimes I’d rather be taking a nap than working, but that’s life.

What’s one thing that has surprised you in your path so far?

That I actually do have a voice.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A very happy human who wears straw hats with neck straps so that they don’t blow away while I’m doing outdoor activities.

What’s one piece of advice you have to give to anyone who wants a job like yours?

Always. Find. Solutions. No one wants to hear about problems or excuses. They want to know that it’s fixed. I learned this from my dad.

What’s one piece of advice to someone who has no clue what they want to do?

Because I know that “no one knows what they want to do” is the least helpful (but true!) answer, I will say this: strengthen the skills you already have, develop the ones you need to be better at the things you love and be open to all opportunities. Talk to everyone. Take every interview. And brush your teeth.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Try to embrace what’s “hard” about your job because it’s probably the thing helping you grow. Also: always, always, always assume that you will cross paths with everyone at least twice. You shouldn’t need a motive to be kind, but we all have bad days. Have you ever watched Curb Your Enthusiasm? It always circles back. Keep this in mind.

Finally, tell me one weird thing about yourself.

Leandra had a dream that her husband killed me on Sunday night and then she woke me up with a text about it, so that was lovely. Also, if I’ve met you at least twice, I can probably close my eyes and picture exactly what your hands look like.

Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.

(PS: I do not make these flashing bars down below but I wasn’t about to complain about this one.)


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    • Amelia Diamond


      • Effie Hammond

        I am getting a salary of 6700 dollars each week. Over a year ago I was in a horrible condition , jobless and no bank credit ..etb Thanks to one of my friends who showed me a way where I was able to gather myself and making average of 58 d/h. So it can change your life as it has changed mine. Why not try this.

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  • Elizabeth Tamkin

    This slideshow is not long enough to express all the things Amelia does for Man Repeller. She’s a STAR.

    • Elizabeth Tamkin

      also, where’s tasteofstreep at?!?!

      • Leandra Medine

        You are all stars.

      • Amelia Diamond

        (am i allowed to say i’m suddenly over it?!?!)

  • Sarah

    “What’s one thing that has surprised you in your path so far?” “That I actually did have a voice.”
    LOVE the way you put this, Amelia. It’s this sorta realization that I know for certain I, and the billion trillion other teenagers who write, need to find the most—once you find YOU, the “you” present in your writing that makes people say “oh Sarah wrote this,” the rest seems to fall into place with much less of a hassle.

    • Amelia Diamond


      • Sarbonn

        AMELIA! And lemme note that your hair looks downright majestic

        • Hallie

          Her hair is always perfect

    • Alarive

      Yes! YES!

  • Allie Fasanella

    ~*so0o0o many lovey feeeels*~

    your writing and your voice (and your hair) was what rly made me fall in love w MR. you are rly someone i want to be when i grow up — in fact when family members ask me that question i think i’m just going to respond ‘amelia diamond’ and then they’ll be confused and hopefully stop talking to me.

    you’re just the most supportive, hardworking, dopest diva.

    • Amelia Diamond

      you make me fly!

  • Amelia Diamond I am just so glad you exist

    • Amelia Diamond

      I feel the same way about you!!

  • Leandra Medine


    • Amelia Diamond

      hey leandra!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Serena

        I really want to be friends with both of you. Like really really. In a non-creepy way.

  • Quinn Halman

    After this Amelia you are my favourite one 🙂

    • Amelia Diamond

      not to get all conspiracy theory on you but don’t you think it’s weird we have the same name AND live in the same city AND both need vision correction?

      • Quinn Halman

        well they’re making a third one set in Manhattan so…

    • Allie Fasanella

      this is literally my favorite part in the movie

  • Hey Amelia! Glad to know you. I remember reading a “A Place to Call Home” back in 2013 and really enjoying it. But I think my favorite piece of content from you ever is your interview with Cathy Horyn re: her book on Joe Eula. That was a pretty special thing to read 🙂

    • Amelia Diamond

      UGH I should have listed that! I loved that story. But that’s what I meant about the people I get to speak with because of MR. HI EMMA!

  • Quinn Halman

    Wait, I also want to say, to @amelia, is that the summation of all our interactions, over how ever many years and platforms, has definitely improved my life and made me feel a lot more secure of myself. Power of words, man.

    • Amelia Diamond

      Quinn you complete me

  • l:ly

    I love everyone at Man Repeller hardcore but Amelia is everything <3

    • Amelia Diamond


  • YAY AMELIA! <3

  • Living Paula Blog

    This was very fun to read. It was great getting to know her!


  • I love reading all of your writing (and being jealous of your hair)! Man Repeller wouldn’t be the same without you, Amelia 🙂

    • Amelia Diamond

      I think you guys are making my hair get a big head

  • OH MAN. Amelia Diamond, movie star with amber waves of hair. You’re like a virtual mother/sister/friend. Reading what you write is something I look forward to and I think that the comment section is the way it is because of the environment you (& the MR team) create. We wouldn’t be down here if we didn’t feel comfortable. THANK U! <3

    • Amelia Diamond

      Thank you Josie!!!! <33

  • Jayne

    I really loved reading this, anything on man repeller is always gold though it is by far my favourite blog, or website, ever.

    • Amelia Diamond


  • Chelsea Murphy

    When I first discovered MR, I clicked ‘Amelia Diamond’ and read the whooole archive and it made for two absolutely delightful days at work that I very definitely should not have been paid for. Diamond, you’re a geeeem.

    • Amelia Diamond

      That is how I feel about talking to you guys in the comments section! Like right now I am just commenting and reading what you guys are saying instead of writing my stories for ~*Friday*~

  • Amelia fans are called ‘Diamonds In The Rough’. Not ideal for jackets, but you know

    • Amelia Diamond


  • Kurie Fitzgerald

    only know amelia over email but she’s great!

    • Amelia Diamond

      Hi Kurie so are you!

      • Kurie Fitzgerald


  • BK

    Amelia Diamond is my second favourite member of team MR (My favourite is her hair)

    • Amelia Diamond


      ^ that was my hair typing and saying thank you so much and also, “Amelia, is TODAY the day you’ll wash me??”

      <3 BK!!

  • Emmanuelle

    I was wondering when you would appear and finally here you are! Your posts along with Leandra and Isaac’s are my all time favourites! I always end up choking on my avocado (I do have an obssession with avocado too) while reading them.
    This career month serie is definitely my favourite, I’m already sad to know you might be the last one interviewed.

  • Amelia, I adore you!!! It always brightens my day to read your stories (and everything on Man Repeller) and to see what you have to say. I love how this site is focused on fashion AND things that matter, like it’s definitely given me things to strive for and helped me improve my own writing/ hopes for the future. As a junior in high school it’s difficult to feel like I’m enjoying everything I love while still being taken seriously, and you have definitely helped me find that place.
    Much love,

    • Amelia Diamond

      Claire I adore you back!

  • Aggie

    Ameliaaaa! I am so glad you exist <3 I was reading the comment section on another post and someone called you their internet fairy godmother and I totally agree 🙂 Your writing is just so true and approachable but also as if you should be wearing a kimono at all times and spending your time at the office typing away cross-legged.

    • Amelia Diamond

      omg I would LOVE a kimono!!!

  • Man Repeller is my number 1 piece of art in the WWW. It’s my daily dose of happiness, for real!

    *In case anyone wants to know more about Amelia, here’s a Q&A I sent her because I’m a fan: and here’s the preview:

    • Amelia Diamond

      CLAIRE <3 !!! hahaha hiiiiiiii

  • Kelsey Moody


    • Amelia Diamond


      • Kelsey Moody


  • In case you haven’t realized it yet Amelia we all freaking love you because you’re ridiculously awesome and respond to all of our comments no matter how absurd and that’s just only ONE SINGLE REASON that you’re awesome. There are more, too, of course. Your hair seems to be a pretty big one.

    Meg @

    • Amelia Diamond

      I freaking love you guys! For real!

  • Kelly M

    Amelia you are lovely PLEASE WRITE A BOOK. And I also must agree that your hair is majestic

    • Amelia Diamond


  • Eleanor

    every time i see that you are the author of a story Amelia, i can’t wait to read it. man repeller is such a wonderful site and you’re all so in tune with your audience. everybody who works on it is just super cool! you guys always inspire me through clothes, writing and the great discussions that happen here. thank you all the way from Australia!!!

    • Amelia Diamond

      Eleanor thank you!!!

  • samhallie

    everyone be lovin’ amelya angel dust <3

    • Amelia Diamond

      hi samb

  • me

    Yo, sis: I’m not sure which I love the most: your hair or your name!

    I think I’m going to steal your name & start introducing myself to guys on OkCupid as “Amelia Diamond” : D

    Seriously: Thanks for your fab writing … you inspire me.

    • Amelia Diamond

      Do it! I have always wanted to be someone’s ticket to love.

  • Amelia, you are the best!

    • Amelia Diamond

      Kristy! You are too and not just because I always think your picture is of a golden snitch before re-realizing, every time, that it’s a gold lips

  • Tra

    your replies encourage me to comment:) thank you. I like you & your writing a lot!

    • Amelia Diamond


  • kforkarli

    I just watched the video of the two of you- loved it. And your hair is amazing! Love man repeller and love this feature. It has been so nice to get to know you all.

    • Amelia Diamond

      It’s nice for us too, all your comments have been so fun!

  • Bloom a glow

    I LOVE your writing. You are such an inspiration for what fun and useful writing means to me

    • Amelia Diamond

      !!! Thank you Bloom a glow!

  • Ana

    You’re one of my favorite writers out of all the ones who’ve tried their hand at blogging and online-article-writing, and reading this immediately turned you into a Blue Fairy of an inspiration in my eyes. I hope that my voice becomes loud enough to be heard someday. Huge thanks all over!

    • Amelia Diamond

      Ana!! I love being a blue fairy! you’re mine.

  • Serena

    I love this interview, and when I started reading it though “Oh is poor Amelia writing he own intro?” and then realised, yes of course.