The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon
Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

Teri Agins

Share on Social Media

Information about Teri Agins

Profile image of Teri Agins

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cascais, Portugal; Italy
Favorite Quote:
The Hardest Person To Be Is The Person You Say You Are.

Birthplace

Born:
11/14/1953
Birth Location:
Kansas City, Kansas

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Broccoli
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cascais, Portugal; Italy
Favorite Quote:
The Hardest Person To Be Is The Person You Say You Are.

Birthplace

Born:
11/14/1953
Birth Location:
Kansas City
See how Teri Agins is related to other HistoryMakers

Biography

Journalist Teri Agins was born on November 14, 1953 in Kansas City, Kansas. Agins graduated with her B.A. degree in English and political science from Wellesley College in 1975. She received her M.A. degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.

In the 1970s, Agins was hired as an intern at the Kansas City Star and the Boston Globe. She also worked as a writer for Fairchild Publications, now Fairchild Fashion Media, in New York City in the 1970s. Agins then moved to Brazil for five years with her former husband, and worked as a freelance writer for the New York Times and Time Magazine. In 1984, she was hired as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where she wrote a small business column. Then, in 1989, Agins was assigned to develop the fashion beat for the Wall Street Journal, becoming one of the reporters at the paper to cover fashion from a business perspective. She was made senior special writer in 1995. Agins retired from her post at the Wall Street Journal in 2009, but continued to write freelance for the newspaper, including authoring the popular fashion column “Ask Teri.” She has also written for other publications, including Vogue, Town & Country, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Essence.

In 1999, Agins published her first book, The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Industry Forever. Her second book, published in 2014, examines the rise of fast fashion, the power of online shopping, the influence of social media and the rise of celebrity designers in the fashion and retail clothing industry.

Agins has received several awards, including the Atrium Award from the University of Georgia College of Journalism and the Atlanta Apparel Mart in 1990 and 1996; the Front Page Award from the Newswomen's Club of New York in 1991 and 2002; and the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism award in 1996 and 2000. In 2004, the Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded her with the Eugenia Sheppard Award for Excellence in Fashion Journalism.

Teri Agins was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 16, 2013.

See how Teri Agins is related to other HistoryMakers
Loading...
Click Here To Explore The Archive Today!
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Teri Agins' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Teri Agins lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Teri Agins describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Teri Agins talks about her parents' aspirations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Teri Agins describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Teri Agins describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Teri Agins talks about her sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Teri Agins describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Teri Agins remembers her neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Teri Agins describes her mother's attitudes about race
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Teri Agins talks about the Faith Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Teri Agins remembers her neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Teri Agins describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Teri Agins describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Teri Agins remembers summer vacations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Teri Agins talks about her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Teri Agins talks about her relationship with her sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Teri Agins recalls her early interest in fashion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Teri Agins talks about her exposure to the media
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Teri Agins recalls how she became interested in journalism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Teri Agins remembers learning to sew
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Teri Agins describes her parents' rules about dating
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Teri Agins recalls her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Teri Agins talks about her involvement in Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Teri Agins remembers her parents' social clubs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Teri Agins remembers her debutante ball
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Teri Agins recalls her decision to attend Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Teri Agins remembers her arrival on campus at Wellesley College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Teri Agins talks about her transition to Wellesley College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Teri Agins remembers her social life at Wellesley College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Teri Agins talks about her experiences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Teri Agins describes her experiences while studying in Peru
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Teri Agins remembers working for the Daily News Record in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Teri Agins talks about her marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Teri Agins reflects upon her ex-husband's experiences at Citibank, N.A.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Teri Agins remembers living in Brazil
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Teri Agins recalls joining the staff of The Wall Street Journal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Teri Agins remembers learning to write for The Wall Street Journal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Teri Agins talks about the black journalists at The Wall Street Journal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Teri Agins recalls how she came to develop a fashion beat for The Wall Street Journal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Teri Agins remembers her covering retail for The Wall Street Journal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Teri Agins remembers gaining recognition as a fashion industry reporter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Teri Agins remembers an interview with Yves St. Laurent
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Teri Agins remembers the rise of casual dress codes in the 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Teri Agins describes the changes in fashion during the late 20th century, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Teri Agins describes the changes in fashion during the late 20th century, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Teri Agins remembers Zoran Ladicorbic's fashion marketing innovations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Teri Agins talks about her early access to the fashion community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Teri Agins describes the accounting scandal at Leslie Faye Company, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Teri Agins talks about her coverage of the Leslie Faye Company, Inc. accounting scandal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Teri Agins remembers building a reputation as a fashion retail journalist
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Teri Agins talks about approaching fashion as a business journalist
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Teri Agins recalls her decision to write 'The End of Fashion'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Teri Agins remembers signing the contract for 'The End of Fashion'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Teri Agins talks about the process of writing 'The End of Fashion'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Teri Agins remembers the critical acclaim for 'The End of Fashion'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Teri Agins describes the content of 'The End of Fashion,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Teri Agins describes the content of 'The End of Fashion,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Teri Agins reflects upon the changes in the fashion industry during the 2000s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Teri Agins talks about her book, 'Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Teri Agins talks about her journalistic integrity
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Teri Agins remembers Alan Millstein
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Teri Agins talks about the designers she covered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Teri Agins talks about Armani and Daymond John
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Teri Agins reflects upon the role of fashion influencers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Teri Agins talks about her award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Teri Agins talks about the community of fashion journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Teri Agins reflects upon her position within fashion journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Teri Agins reflects upon her contributions to fashion journalism
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Teri Agins reflects upon her relationship to race
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Teri Agins reflects upon her life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Teri Agins reflects upon her life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Teri Agins describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Teri Agins describes her hopes and concerns for the African American Community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Teri Agins reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Teri Agins describes how she would like to be remembered