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Talking Top Tens: Amy Odell

Author, Tales From the Back Row: An Outsider’s View From Inside the Fashion Industry


Amy Odell is the author of Tales From the Back Row: An Outsider’s View From Inside the Fashion Industry, a humorous look at what it’s really like to work in the world of high fashion. She’s also the editor of, the largest community of millennial women on the internet, where she oversees editorial content, social media, and original video. Since joining the website in September 2013, she’s more than tripled traffic to surpass 37 million readers each month, and has expanded coverage to include a wide range of feminist, political, and LGBTQ topics alongside celebrity news and style coverage. You can find out more about Amy by checking out her Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and/or Snapchat (@amylynnodell) accounts! 

And more with Amy Odell…

What do you love most about your work?

The people I work with. I work with such an incredibly smart, funny, and witty group of women and men at and I feel honored each day that they wanted to join my team. 

One piece of advice you would give your 18 year old self:

Life gets hard - to the point where you think it’s too much for you to handle, but you can handle it, and everything will be ok. 

Your dream dinner party guest:

Britney Spears from 2001. 

Go-to workout song on your most recent playlist:

Your motto in life:

Work hard, vacation harder. 

Your last great read and why you enjoyed it:

Luckiest Girl Alive by my friend Jessica Knoll. It’s a psychological thriller about a girl in her late twenties working as a magazine editor in Manhattan so I could definitely relate to it. Also, the plot is completely unpredictable. I just couldn’t put it down. 

A secret talent we should know about:

I’m a classically trained pianist - I studied for ten years and still play from time to time. 

Where does your credit card get the most use?

Revolve and Forward by Elyse Walker. I am OBSESSED with both of these sites and shop compulsively from their apps. 

Cocktail of choice:

Dirty vodka martini. 

Your real life hero and why:

My mom. She’s the strongest woman in the world and makes me laugh harder than just about anyone.