As the youngest editor-in-chief of a Conde Nast publication, Eva Chen wants to make nerdy more fashionable than ever.
“I cannot stress how awkward and nerdy I was in high school,” Chen told Alicia Menendez during a recent visit to Chen’s Times Square office.
The former geek’s fascination with social media quickly captured the attention of fashion staple and American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who in 2013 chose Chen as the next head of Lucky Magazine.
“I’m really interested in combining print with social media,” Chen said. Her current social media footprint reaches over 1.6 million individuals across several platforms. “Lucky readers want that kind of breaking news, live kind of feeling of being part of the fashion industry.”
Chen, who studied pre-med at Johns Hopkins University, said she took an interest in fashion after a summer internship with Harper’s Bazaar.
“My path and my journey have been so unexpected and so all over the place,” explained Chen. “I feel so lucky to be where I am because it was so unexpected.”
Credit: Claudia Pou, Alicia Menendez, Ignacio Torres, Paola Bolano