Eva Chen (editor)

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Eva Chen
Eva Chen Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2019.jpg
Chen in 2019
Alma materJohns Hopkins University
OccupationFashion editor
Home townNew York City

Eva Chen (born 1980) is the director of fashion partnerships at Instagram[1] and a children's book author[2]. Previously she was editor-in-chief of Lucky[3] and beauty and health director at Teen Vogue.[4]

Early life[edit]

Chen grew up in New York. Her parents, who are from Taipei and Shanghai, own a consulting textile import-export business, and Chen attributes her early love of fashion to her mother's influence.[5] Chen attended the Brearley School,[5] then went to college at Johns Hopkins University where she was pre-med.[6]


In college, Chen interned for fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar. After graduating from Hopkins in 2001, she worked briefly for a law firm before joining the then-recently launched shopping magazine Lucky, where she worked in the credits department logging the prices and sellers for the magazine's array of products and eventually became editor-in-chief. She next moved to Elle where she worked in the beauty department for three years before she became beauty editor of Teen Vogue [7]

At Lucky, Chen was the youngest editor-in-chief in the magazine's history.[8]. She also became the first head of a commercial arm for the publication, Lucky Shops, serving as both editor-in-chief for the magazine and chief creative officer[9].

In July 2015, Chen joined Instagram, owned by Facebook, to develop partnerships with fashion brands[10]. She is presently Head of Fashion Partnerships for the social media platform, and has launched a number of fashion and e-commerce features at Instagram, including shopping fashion looks directly from influencers' feeds [11] and the Instagram Shop account [12].

Chen is also a book author [13] and has written two children's books, both illustrated by Derek Desierto: Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes (2018) and A Is for Awesome: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World (2019). Her third book, Juno Valentine and the Fantastic Fashion Adventure is also illustrated by Desierto and will be released in November 2019.

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, Chen studied abroad for a year in England at Oxford, where she met her husband, Thomas Bannister.[14] Chen and Bannister have two children together, Ren and Tao. Chen gave birth to daughter, Ren, in 2015 and son, Tao, in 2017.[15]


  1. ^ Armstrong, Lisa (March 2, 2016). "Eva Chen on how Instagram made the fashion world more friendly". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Eva Chen Is Writing a Children's Book". Vogue. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  3. ^ Wang, Connie (April 30, 2015). "Eva Chen Out At The Lucky Group". Refinery29. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Tommye (16 August 2013). "The Creative Class | Eva Chen, Editor". The Business of Fashion.
  5. ^ a b Meltzer, Marisa (14 August 2013). "Eva Chen, Trending Now at Lucky Magazine". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  6. ^ Le, Vanna (May 21, 2014). "Channeling Chen: How Condé Nast's Youngest Editor Is Making Normalcy And Failure Cool". Forbes. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Eva Chen". Business of Fashion. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  8. ^ Roettgers, Janko (17 July 2015). "Instagram Hires Former Lucky Magazine Editor as Fashion Liaison". Variety.
  9. ^ Mulkerrins, Jane (March 8, 2015). "Eva Chen, the Anna Wintour of the digital age?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  10. ^ Yi, David (July 17, 2015). "Instagram poaches former Lucky editor-in-chief Eva Chen in new fashion role". Mashable. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "Instagram users can now buy influencer looks. Eva Chen explains why". Vogue Business. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Instagram Hones in on Publishers' Turf With Shopping Recommendations". Business of Fashion. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Eva Chen". us.macmillan.com. macmillan. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  14. ^ Dash, Kristie. "Meet Fashion's coolest girl boss Eva Chen". Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  15. ^ "Eva Chen introduces newborn son to the world". Page Six. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2018-10-30.