Cover Photo: Photograph via Glossier
Photograph via Glossier

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Emily Jensen is a New York-based writer and editor. She previously worked out of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, and primarily covers fashion, beauty, and other cultural topics. She especially loves perfume and unhinged PR emails about men's grooming products. Her work can be found in GQ, Highsnobiety, Harper's Bazaar, Business of Fashion, and more.