Alex Kuczynski

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Alexandra Louise Kuczynski (born December 6, 1970) is an American reporter working for the New York Times, a columnist for the New York Times Magazine and the author of the award-winning 2006 book Beauty Junkies about the cosmetic surgery industry. The book was translated into ten languages.

Life and career[edit]

Her father, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Lima,[1] is an economist and politician who was the 66th President of Peru. Her mother is Jane Dudley Casey, daughter of Joseph E. Casey, member of the U.S. House for the 3rd district of Massachusetts. Kuczynski's paternal grandfather was physician Maxime Hans Kuczyński, who was a Jewish emigrant from Germany.[2]

After graduating from Barnard College in 1990, she became a journalist with the New York Observer and then the New York Times. On September 10, 2001, she was transferred by Howell Raines from media reporter to the style section, where Kuczynski would write "the sort of pop-feature pieces that would appeal to the Times national audience. "[3] She has been described as "a giddy blast. She always would have 10 ideas at story meetings and eight of them would be terrible and two would be brilliant. "[4] Under her byline, the word "horny" first appeared in the Times, in reference to a story about female Viagra; she later said, "I wear that as a badge of honor." [5]

Kuczynski married the investor Charles Porter Stevenson Jr. in 2002.[1]

In 2006, she authored a book about the growth of the cosmetic surgery business:[6] Beauty Junkies: Inside Our $15 Billion Obsession with Plastic Surgery (ISBN 978-0-385-50853-7). Reviewers have noted that readers of the book "may take a pass after reading this exposé about extreme makeovers. "[7] Kuczynski concludes, "Looks are the new feminism, an activism of aesthetics. As vulgar and shallow as it sounds, looks matter more than they ever have—especially for women. "[8]


  1. ^ a b "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Alex Kuczynski, Charles Stevenson Jr". The New York Times. December 1, 2002. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
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  3. ^ Auletta, Ken (2004). Backstory: inside the business of news. Penguin Group. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-59420-000-7. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  4. ^ New York Observer (2009). The Kingdom of New York: Knights, Knaves, Billionaires, and Beauties in the City of Big Shots. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-169540-7. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "As a Grown-up, Alex Kuczynski Learned That People Are Both Gay and Retarded - Slideshow - Daily Intel". Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  6. ^ Levin, Judith (2008). Obesity and Self-Image. Rosen Publishing Group. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-4042-1768-3. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Hammond, Margo; Heltzel, Ellen (2008). Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures. Da Capo Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-7382-1229-6. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Berry, Bonnie (2008). The power of looks: social stratification of physical appearance. Ashgate Publishing. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-7546-4758-4. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 

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