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Corynne Corbett

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Fuschia
Favorite Food:
Japanese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
It Is Not Over.

Birthplace

Born:
3/26/1961
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Fuschia
Favorite Food:
Japanese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Italy
Favorite Quote:
It Is Not Over.

Birthplace

Born:
3/26/1961
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Magazine editor Corynne L. Corbett attended the Pratt Institute and graduated with her B.F.A. degree in fashion merchandising.

Corbett began her magazine publishing career at Elle magazine in 1985, and was promoted from editorial assistant to senior beauty, health and fitness editor. From 1993 to 1997, Corbett was the owner of Corynne Corbett Creative Connections where she worked on projects that ranged from freelance writing to advertising and special events. She was then hired at Mode magazine as executive editor and senior editor before being promoted to editor-in-chief. After a brief stint as editor-in-chief at Heart & Soul magazine from 2001 to 2003, Corbett joined Real Simple magazine. While there, she served as beauty and wellness director before being promoted to executive editor. In 2010, Corbett was named beauty editor at Essence magazine where she served for three years.

Corbett also founded Chic Jones Media, LLC in 2008, which later launched several websites and media outlets, including “That Black Girl Site,” “My Black Girl Site,” “My Black Girl Blogging,” “The Grown Diaries,” and “My Black Girl Radio.” She has also written for such publications as Self magazine, Town & Country magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and Ebony magazine.

Corbett has appeared as a beauty and style expert on several shows, including Tia & Tamera, Better TV, Good Day New York, the Dr. Steve Show, The View, Good Morning America, Today in New York, Positively Black, and E!, among others. In addition, she has served as a brand strategist and image consultant for companies such as Clinique, Maybelline New York, IMAN Cosmetics, L’Oreal, Bumble & Bumble, Black Opal, Christian Dior, Phyto, and Coty.

Throughout her career, Corbett has mentored many young women interested in succeeding in the beauty industry through her non-organization, Beauty Biz Camp. Corbett professional memberships include the American Society of Magazine Editors and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Here is a sampling of some of the publications Corbett has overseen:

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Corynne Corbett's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Corynne Corbett lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Corynne Corbett describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Corynne Corbett describes her father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Corynne Corbett describes her father's civil rights and union activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Corynne Corbett describes her mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Corynne Corbett describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Corynne Corbett talks about her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Corynne Corbett talks about her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Corynne Corbett describes her mother's and grandmother's personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Corynne Corbett talks about her siblings and her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Corynne Corbett describes the block where she grew up in St. Albans, Queens, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Corynne Corbett describes her family life during childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Corynne Corbett describes her family's participation at church and church camps
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Corynne Corbett describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Corynne Corbett describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Corynne Corbett describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt. 3
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Corynne Corbett describes how her family celebrated the holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Corynne Corbett talks about her family activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Corynne Corbett describes her schools and her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Corynne Corbett describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Corynne Corbett describes her early interest in art and fashion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Corynne Corbett describes her sisters' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Corynne Corbett describes her decision to attend Pratt Institute in New York City, New York to study fashion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Corynne Corbett describes her experience at the Pratt Institute in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Corynne Corbett talks about black social life at the Pratt Institute in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Corynne Corbett describes her childhood family vacations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Corynne Corbett describes her fashion aesthetic at the Pratt Institute in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Corynne Corbett describes being hired at Women's Wear Daily journal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Corynne Corbett describes being hired at Elle magazine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Corynne Corbett talks about one of her mentors, Eleanor Barron
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Corynne Corbett describes her experience at Women's Wear Daily journal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Corynne Corbett describes being hired as an editorial assistant at Elle magazine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Corynne Corbett describes her experience at Elle magazine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Corynne Corbett talks about the popular models and photographers when she worked at Elle magazine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Corynne Corbett reflects on the culture at Elle magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Corynne Corbett describes beginning to write articles for Elle magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Corynne Corbett describes the position of African American women in the fashion magazine industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Corynne Corbett describes the changes in ownership and management during her tenure at Elle magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Corynne Corbett talks about the changing numbers of African American models and editors at fashion magazines
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Corynne Corbett shares her enjoyment of the fashion publishing industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Corynne Corbett describes the editorial structure of Elle magazine and its publishing competition
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Corynne Corbett talks about the beauty directors who worked at competing publications
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Corynne Corbett describes leaving her position as Senior Beauty Editor at Elle magazine in 1993
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Corynne Corbett talks about the proliferation of new magazines in the 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Corynne Corbett talks about Andre Leon Talley, the Black Girls Coalition, and casting representative models
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Corynne Corbett describes her experience with Hachette Custom Publishing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Corynne Corbett talks about how magazines invite customer feedback
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Corynne Corbett describes her difficult experience with Hachette Custom Publishing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Corynne Corbett describes her experience with Corynne Corbett Creative Connections
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Corynne Corbett describes becoming editor-in-chief of Mode magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Corynne Corbett describes how Mode magazine celebrated plus size women
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Corynne Corbett describes her experience shooting Queen Latifah for the cover of Mode magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Corynne Corbett describes her experience as editor-in-chief of Mode magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Corynne Corbett talks about the skills she learned as editor-in-chief of Mode magazine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Corynne Corbett reflects on what she enjoyed about working at Mode magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Corynne Corbett describes why Mode magazine ceased operation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Corynne Corbett describes quitting Mode magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Corynne Corbett talks about joining Vanguarde Media
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Corynne Corbett remembers the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Corynne Corbett describes the magazines produced by Vanguarde Media
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Corynne Corbett talks about the male dominated black media industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Corynne Corbett describes HistoryMakers Keith Clinkscales and Roy Johnson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Corynne Corbett describes the party culture of Vanguarde Media, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Corynne Corbett describes the party culture of Vanguarde Media, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Corynne Corbett talks about HistoryMaker Leonard Burnett, Jr.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Corynne Corbett talks about a magazine cover featuring Iman
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Corynne Corbett shares stories of working at Vanguarde Media
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Corynne Corbett recalls meeting with Time, Inc. editorial director Isolde Motley amid Vanguarde's financial struggles
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Corynne Corbett shares her view on black media publications
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Corynne Corbett describes the ending of Vanguarde Media in 2003
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Corynne Corbett describes working as the beauty and wellness director at Real Simple magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Corynne Corbett talks about becoming executive editor of Real Simple magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Corynne Corbett talks about the leadership at Time, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Corynne Corbett describes working on television shows for The Learning Channel and PBS-TV
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Corynne Corbett describes the content of Real Simple magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Corynne Corbett describes being laid off during the 2008 staff cuts at Time, Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 13 - Corynne Corbett talks about blogging for Real Simple and starting That Black Girl Blogging
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Corynne Corbett talks about the readership of Real Simple magazine
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Corynne Corbett describes changes in the media landscape post-9/11
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Corynne Corbett talks about shifting from print to digital media
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Corynne Corbett describes her blog post on Michelle Obama's hair
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Corynne Corbett talks about audience engagement on social media
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Corynne Corbett talks about being the beauty director at Essence magazine
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Corynne Corbett talks about her challenges as the beauty director of Essence magazine
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Corynne Corbett talks about her accomplishments as beauty director of Essence magazine
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Corynne Corbett talks about being laid off from Essence magazine
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Corynne Corbett talks about creating Beauty Biz Camp
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Corynne Corbett comments on the media landscape for black women
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Corynne Corbett talks about the growth of citizen journalism and bloggers
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Corynne Corbett comments on the need for traditional publications to adopt online platforms
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Corynne Corbett talks about the change in fashion and beauty media over the past thirty years
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Corynne Corbett describes the need for more black leadership in the beauty industry
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Corynne Corbett shares her views on multicultural and black beauty standards
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Corynne Corbett describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Corynne Corbett describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Corynne Corbett reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Corynne Corbett narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Corynne Corbett narrates her photographs, pt. 2