A magazine biting the dust is not big news these days, fueling further the topic of whether print is dead. But the shuttering of Nylon, still came as a shock. It was so sudden that Jade Taylor, the magazine’s beauty director, is now unsure of how to pay her upcoming bills.
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Hey all, I guess now is a good time to break my silence. As you can imagine, I've had a really emotional 24 hours. Yesterday I was let go from @nylonmag after 6 years of the most loyal, dedicated, and hardworking years of my life. The reason? Our beloved magazine folded, and the entire print team was thrown away with it. It was cold and abrupt, like a slap in the face. My love for NYLON, the magazine, will always live on, and I am so proud of what I did there over the last 6 years. I first walked into NYLON when I was 19 years old, simply looking for an internship. From there, I became Beauty Assistant, then Beauty Editor, then Senior Beauty Editor, then Beauty Director. I am so proud of myself. Because I fucking DID IT, and I hope that encourages any young person reading this right now. I really tried to make a difference in my beauty pages over the years, showing a new (often weird), unconventional side of beauty. I didn't relate to a lot of other beauty content out there, so I made up my own. I think my body of work speaks for itself. I have never been so passionate about anything in my life, and I am so grateful to have made a difference in the beauty industry, even if it was a small one. To our readers: thank you. Thank you so fucking much. It breaks my heart and soul that it had to end this way. But I am a strong woman, and I will not be silent in saying this: everyone who is left at NYLON does not care about its readers. The print team was the soul of NYLON. The spirit of NYLON is dead, it does not live on. There have been many times I could've jumped ship, but I stayed loyal because I loved what I did so much. At least I went down with the ship. I have a lot of respect for myself knowing that. I am so scared. Because of the suddenness of it all, I have no money saved and I am so fearful about how I'm going to pay my rent, feed myself, pay my bills, etc. Needless to say, I'm looking for any kind of work right now whether it's freelance, part-time, or full-time – if you need a weird beauty writer, I'm here. Thank you to everyone who has reached out so far. If you'd like to get in touch with me, my personal email is [email protected] 🖤
Her long rant on Instagram reveals that the news was delivered abruptly, giving no time for the staff to adjust at least professionally. It also underlies several issues existing in the magazine. The news that the US publication will be folding was delivered to the staff just last Thursday afternoon, reports Fashionista. Shortly after news outlets like WWD broke the news to the public, informing how Nylon‘s October issue will also be their last.
Nylon has long been suffering from ongoing multiple changes and problems throughout the years, from a quick turnover of editors to the folding of Nylon Guys. Still, that’s hardly an excuse to leave the print staff out in the cold and nary a safety net till they find a new job.
As of writing, Jade’s post has gathered 403 comments, mostly of sympathy for her situation and also admiration for what she has done. Blogger Eugenie Gray of feralcreature.com, even offered up a job opportunity for Jade, since the editor also used the post to ask for some work.
It’s one thing for a magazine to close down. But to leave a bitter taste in the mouth of its staff is a whole different issue. And it surely shows the ugly side of the glossy magazines.
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