Welcome to The Unpublishable! This weekly(ish) beauty newsletter…

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  • “covers the beauty industry the way Woodward and Bernstein covered Watergate,” says Val Monroe, longtime beauty director of O, The Oprah Magazine

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Hi! I’m Jessica DeFino, a freelance beauty journalist for The New York Times, Vogue, WWD, Allure, and more.

This newsletter is a place for my most “unpublishable” pitches: the beauty-critical content that publications can’t, won’t, or don’t cover — whether that’s to appease advertisers, preserve brand relationships, or cling to the conventional wisdom, outdated ideals, and marketing myths that keep consumers consuming. Trust me, it all influences what information makes it to the mainstream.

Expect information that subverts beauty standards, prioritizes people + the planet over products, and looks through the lenses of science + spirituality (although, to paraphrase Carl Sagan, they’re kinda the same thing).

Basically, it’s what the beauty industry won’t tell you — from a reporter on a mission to reform it.

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