Everybody Else is Perfect ~ Gabrielle Korn

Everybody (Else) Is Perfect: How I Survived Hypocrisy, Beauty, Clicks, and Likes

Rating: 4/5

I found Korn’s essays to be honest and insightful. A unique look at the magazine and fashion industry from the perspective of one of the youngest chief editor of any magazine, Korn’s story to tell is uniquely her own. The themes in her essays are current problems many young people face.

As a member of the LGBT community, Korn gives most of her time to thinking about ways in which the industry includes and dismisses people with various minority identities. She does a good job of calling attention to the whiteness still present in fashion standards. Discrimination abounds, and she is not exempt from those problems. She does talk about her own privilege and the lucky timing she experienced with climbing the ranks. I kept in mind too some information I learned in Oluo’s Mediocre, about how when companies are on the verge of folding is often when they being in women or other minority groups to head the sinking flagship, and any failure after that point can be attributed to the chief of staff being of a minority identity, rather than the fact that the company was already failing.

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed these essays, although they are serious in nature. She discusses very openly and honestly about her eating disorder and the ways that she was encouraged to continue harming herself. She exposed the toxic culture around dieting, leaving little room for argument.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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