Janet Mock made news this week when it was announced that she’d accepted an offer to become a contributing editor at Marie Claire. So what, exactly, does that mean? Mock explained to Poynter:
“I’ll also give my perspective on beauty, and pop culture, and politics, and not just be thrown into a corner as the trans correspondent,” Mock said in a phone interview. Editor-in-Chief Anne Fulenwider said that Mock will be writing about her own experiences but won’t be limited to them. She was drawn to Mock, she said, because she’s a “phenomenal writer, speaker and thinker.”
“I’m certainly not discounting her transgender identity; I think that’s really important and that’s what makes it so topical right now and what’s given it a lot of attention,” Fulenwider said, “but at the center of this is the story of a woman finding herself, and those are the stories that really resonate with young women.”
Mock’s first piece in her new role will be a personal account of the women and girls she’s met while on the road promoting her memoir “Redefining Realness.” It’ll appear in the magazine’s print issue this fall.