Welcome to The Unpublishable!

Here’s what people are saying about this weekly(ish) beauty newsletter:

  • “Yanking consumers out of the matrix made by the beauty industry.” - HuffPost

  • “[From] the woman the beauty industry fears the most.” - The Sunday Herald

  • “Examines the beauty industry’s tight grasp on consumers and popular culture, from evolving beauty standards to the deft marketing tactics used to sell people more products.” - New York Magazine

  • “Jessica DeFino covers the beauty industry the way Woodward and Bernstein covered Watergate.” - Val Monroe

  • “DeFino’s [work] is a reminder to question our relationship with beauty. Why do we do what we do? Is it being defined by society or driven by our authentic self?” - Dua Lipa

  • “A newsletter focused on the darker sides of the beauty industry.” - Vox

  • “A tantalising series of beauty stories … Subscribe for witty, BS-free content.” - The Sunday Times

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don’t cover — whether that’s to appease advertisers, preserve brand relationships, or cling to the conventional wisdom, outdated ideals, and marketing myths that keep consumers consuming.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.

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

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What the beauty industry won't tell you, from a reporter on a mission to reform it.


Jessica DeFino 

Jessica DeFino is a beauty culture critic (The New York Times, Vogue, Allure) "yanking consumers out of the matrix made by the beauty industry," says HuffPost. She writes the weekly(ish) newsletter The Unpublishable.