What is The Unpublishable?

The Unpublishable is a beauty newsletter that…

  • “…yank[s] consumers out of the matrix made by the beauty industry,” says HuffPost

  • “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,” says New York Magazine

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

  • “is a tantalising series of beauty stories … Subscribe for witty, BS-free content,” says Pandora Sykes for UK Sunday Times Style Magazine


Hi! I’m Jessica DeFino, a freelance reporter who writes for The New York Times, Vogue, Allure, The Cut, and more.

This newsletter is a place for my most “unpublishable” pitches, the stories that beauty 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don’t cover — whether that’s to appease advertisers, preserve brand relationships, or cling to the conventional wisdom, outdated ideals, and misguided marketing lines that keep consumers consuming. (Trust me, it all influences what content 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.

Paid subscribers get:

  • Access to all past and future articles from The Unpublishable

  • Bi-weekly editions of “The Don’t Buy List” — AKA, a curation of bullshit- and product-free beauty content from across the internet

  • The ability to comment on articles and participate in community conversation threads

  • The joy of facilitating the creation of beauty content that doesn’t push products on people

Here’s more information about how/why The Unpublishable’s paid subscription is structured along with a sample of The Don’t Buy List.

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