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Mia Freedman (born 1 October 1971 ) is a journalist, columnist, author, blogger and media consultant.
Freedman began her career at Cleo, doing work experience at the age of 19. Her first paid job in media was as Cleo's Beauty Editor and she stayed at Cleo for five years working her way up to the position of Features Editor. She left Cleo in 1995 and spent several months as a freelance features writer for magazines including Marie Claire, New Weekly and Who Weekly. In 1996 she became Editor of Australian Cosmopolitan magazine. At age 24, she was the youngest editor of Cosmopolitan's 58 international editions.
In 2001, Mia was named Editor Of The Year by her peers at the Magazine Publishers Association Awards and during the time she was editor, Cosmopolitan experienced a surge in circulation, readership and advertising revenue. She also launched new stand-alone titles Cosmopolitan Hair & Beauty, Cosmopolitan Pregnancy and Cosmopolitan Brides which are all published several times a year.
Freedman appeared for several years each week on Today, discussing news and lifestyle issues surrounding women, fashion and popular culture.
In 2005, a book of Freedman's writing called "The New Black" was published by HarperCollins.
After having her second child in 2006, Freedman briefly moved to the Nine Network as Creative Director as part of the executive management team where she oversaw the launch of daytime female chatshow The Catch Up.
In 2007, Mia launched her website/blog mamamia.com.au.
Freedman continues to write a newspaper column that appears in News Limited Sunday newspapers – The Sunday Telegraph in NSW, The Sunday Mail in Queensland and in South Australia, The Sunday Tasmanian in Tasmania, The Sunday Herald Sun in Victoria and The Sunday Times in Western Australia.
Mia has also written features for the Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, Madison and other publications and also talks on many public speaking engagements to discuss body image in the media, work/life balance and her life and career.
Freedman has stated that she is not the author of a book called "Boned" that was released on June 2, 2008. Freedman has said on her website after hearing speculation she was the anonymous author "Not me, I'm afraid. I put my name to everything I write."
Mia went on to release two more books, Mamamia: A Memoir Of Mistakes, Magazines & Motherhood and Mia Culpa: Confessions From The Watercooler of Life.
Freedman appears regularly as a commentator on Today on the Nine Network and in 2009 was appointed Chair of the Federal Government's National Body Image Advisory Group by Minister for Sport and Youth, Kate Ellis.
Freedman was born to Kathy, a psychologist and art gallery owner, and Laurence Freedman, who worked in finance and currently heads The Freedman Foundation. Her father came to Australia to flee the apartheid regime in South Africa. Freedman was raised Jewish. She grew up in Sydney and attended the Ascham School.
Mia is married to Jason Lavinge, whom she fell in love with at 23 and has three children - Luca, Coco and Remy.
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- Mamamia (2013). About Mia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.mamamia.com.au/about-mia/
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- Mia Freedman interview
- New code to promote positive body image
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