Amanda Montell of Byrdie

Photo by Paley Fairman

Photo by Paley Fairman

Meet Amanda Montell, Associate Features Editor at byrdie.com, Clique Media Group's beauty website. As an editor, it's Amanda's job to write long-form feature articles and essays, and interview celebrities and experts about health, beauty, and wellness. When she's not working at Byrdie, Amanda writes, hosts, and produces a web series on Wifey.TV, blending her love of linguistics and interest in human sexuality, Amanda likes to say that her series 'The Dirty Word' is "where sex and language get it on."

Photo: Paley Fairman

Photo: Paley Fairman

Given that Amanda spends most of her days playing with words, it comes as a surprise to none that she graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. While in her freshman year, she became dead-set on wanting to become a writer post-graduation, straying from her family's lineup of scientists and researchers. During her time at NYU, Amanda worked as Assistant Poetry Editor at NYU's literary magazine, West 10th. Prior to graduation, Montell landed an internship at Hearst's Womans Day Magazine as an Online Editorial Intern, writing blog posts and articles for their website and helping to run their social media outlets. She went on to complete another internship and moved to Los Angeles. 

Photo: Paley Fairman  

Photo: Paley Fairman  

While perusing her favorite bookstore Skylight Books in Los Angeles, Amanda met Jill Soloway, who later became her mentor and led her to her show on Wifey.TV. The 23 year old also landed herself a position at Clique Media Group's Byrdie.com after making her way through the rigorous four-part interview process. Now 25, Amanda feels lucky to earn a living as a professional writer, an accomplishment fresh-faced, New York City Amanda only dreamed of. 

Photo: Paley Fairman  

Photo: Paley Fairman  

Looking forward, Amanda is working on publishing her first book of personal essays. She's currently shopping her manuscript of pieces that tackle heavy issues from a distinctly millennial perspective that is both relatable and introspective. Montell was inspired to take the leap into writing personal essays by some of the most universally admired essayists, including David Sedaris, Sloane Crosley, Roxanne Gay, and none other than Jill Soloway. 

For now, keep up with Amanda on Byrdie and watch The Dirty Word at Wifey.tv

Read Amanda's articles at Byrdie.com and follow her on Instagram @amanda_montell