“Working Women Wednesday” is a series in which we profile leaders in their field, shedding light on who they are and how they’ve achieved success.
We spoke with Town & Country’s beauty director, Jamie Rosen, about everything from the power of no to the qualities of a good colleague. Having held her current position for six years and having never ventured to a field outside of magazine publishing, she has taken the time to become an expert at what she does. In addition to reporting and editing pieces for the magazine (T&C’s annual Youth & Beauty issue hit stands this month) she travels across the country hosting T&C Talks, a series of live panel discussions focused on health and wellness. Below, find out how she keeps herself on track.
How did you end up in beauty?
I was at W magazine for many years, and I was an intern there, so that’s where I had my whole beginning. It was the kind of place where if you had an idea for something you could do it. It didn’t really matter what department you were in. At the time, I was covering fine jewelry and watches, and I loved it so much, but I had a couple of beauty ideas. The beauty director at the time, Jane Larkworthy, was very receptive to what I had to say, so I wrote a couple of the pieces I pitched, and they worked. At one point, she had an open spot and she offered it to me, but I turned it down. I was sort of hesitant about beauty at first. I didn’t know how large of a category it was and how many different topics it encompassed. Yes, it’s makeup and hair and all these wonderful things, but it’s also wellness, fitness, meditation, and travel. So after a few months of still doing jewelry, I kind of rethought it and came back to her. She accepted my interest.
What’s a typical day like for you?
I’m in and out of the office constantly. In order to figure out what we’re going to be covering we’re out in the market a lot: meeting with brands, meeting with doctors, going to see people in different areas of practice and also working on other initiatives on behalf of the magazine. My first appointment is usually around 9 a.m. and I finish up around 6 p.m., but the job is very social, so more often than not there are nighttime events and early-morning events in addition to the time spent in the office.
Where do you eat lunch?
If I don’t have a lunch out of the office, I eat at my desk.
When do you say no?
I say no a lot, and that’s something that comes with experience. It’s part of my job to choose things for this magazine that are specific to this magazine, so I have to.
What’s your work space like?
I have a pretty hefty stash of products at my desk and a few inspirations boards to stare at if I can’t look at my computer for another second. I also have a lot of perfume at hand, which I use to put myself in the mood to do something, whether that’s writing a specific kind of story or focusing on a certain task.
Women who have had not just one act but several and who continue to challenge themselves and reinvent themselves are what's truly beautiful.
Given that the word “beauty” is in your job title, how would you define it?
The cool thing about defining beauty right now is that it’s so expansive, and its definition continues to broaden. I feel like there’s no there’s no one characteristic feature, trait, or body type that is beauty… it’s more about how we treat our bodies. I often say beauty is an inside job because if you don’t take care of yourself in every sense of the word—physically, mentally, and emotionally—then what you put out there and what you’re able to give other people isn’t going to be what it should be. The other thing, and what we’ve been talking about in Town & Country, is this idea that curiosity is what makes us beautiful. Women who have had not just one act, but several and who continue to challenge themselves and reinvent themselves are what’s truly beautiful.
How do you maintain stamina when the going gets tough?
Sometimes it’s just about walking away for a little bit and taking a couple of deep breaths. I was speaking with someone recently who told me to try something called 4-7-8 breathing, where you are breathing in for four seconds, holding for seven, and exhaling for eight. They’ve really helped me take a moment for myself when I need it. Other than that, when I get overwhelmed I remind myself to put my head down and do what needs to be done.
What qualities does a good colleague possess?
The more transparency and communication the better. I appreciate people who communicate clearly and who appreciate one another. In any relationship, whether that’s personal or professional, people just want to be heard.
A good leader?
They keep everyone on track with a larger message and have open conversations about how to make things better.
In terms of your professional experience, what’s it like being a woman now as compared to when you started out?
My experience in the workplace shifted the most since becoming a mom. I take a huge amount of support from other women that I know from my office and industry at large. It’s very comforting to know that there are other people going through the same thing you’re going through, because we’re all in it together. And I think men face some of the same challenges we do; they’re not immune from having to balance work and family.