Amy Odell is the editor of Cosmopolitan.com, the largest community of millennial women on the Internet. She was named to the post in September 2013 and oversees all of Cosmopolitan’s digital presence, including editorial content, social media, and original video production. Odell is responsible for expanding the website’s editorial to include a wide range of feminist, political, and LGBTQ topics alongside celebrity news, and relationship and style coverage. Under her leadership, Cosmopolitan.com has more than doubled traffic to reach over 34 million monthly unique visitors, and the brand’s social media following has increased threefold to nine million. As a result, Cosmo was recognized as the “hottest magazine in digital” on the 2014 Adweek Hot List.
In 2015, Odell was named to Forbes' list of “30 Under 30” in media and featured in Adweek as a “New Publisher,” one of 15 young innovators who will change the magazine business. In 2014, Odell was selected to Crain’s New York Business prestigious “40 Under 40” list, and included in the Business of Fashion 500, a professional index of people shaping the global fashion industry.
Prior to Cosmopolitan.com, Odell was an editor at BuzzFeed from 2012 through 2013 and is credited with the launch of two women’s verticals for the viral news site, BuzzFeed Fashion and BuzzFeed Shift. Odell began her journalism career in 2007 as a party reporter for New York magazine, where she ultimately became the founding blogger of the magazine’s fashion blog, The Cut, in 2008.
In September 2015 Odell published her first novel, Tales From the Back Row: An Outsider’s View from Inside the Fashion Industry, a keenly observed and humorous collection of personal essays about what it’s really like to be a young woman working in the fashion industry that takes readers behind the stage of New York’s hottest fashion shows to meet the world’s most influential models, designers, celebrities, editors, and photographers.
Odell is a graduate of New York University and lives in Tribeca with her husband and very sassy cat.