Joe Zee

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Joe Zee
Born (1968-11-23) November 23, 1968 (age 50)
OccupationFashion stylist
Partner(s)Rob Younkers

Joe Zee (born November 23, 1968)[1] is a Hong Kong-born Canadian fashion stylist, journalist, producer, businessman and actor, known for Entertainment Tonight (1981), FabLife (2015) and Celebrity Style Story (2012).[2] Zee served as creative director of Elle for seven years.[3] He became editor-in-chief and executive creative officer of Yahoo! Style in April 2014.[4][5] He resigned from Yahoo in June 2017.[6]

Early life[edit]

Zee was born in Hong Kong and moved to Toronto at the age of one where he grew up. He stepped into fashion in 1990, at age 22 and ultimately moved to New York City enrolling at the Fashion Institute of Technology.[7]


In the mid-1990s, Zee met stylist Lori Goldstein at an Allure party. He became her assistant and according to Joe, their meeting went something like this: "I said, 'I have to work for you. I'm your biggest fan. I'm obsessed with your work. I love the last story you did' — it was for Italian Glamour, with the girls in the bathing suits and knit hats with the blow-up pool. It must've been '91 or '92. That shoot was iconic for me." – from This is how he got his start in the fashion field after attending school.[8]

He was described in a New York Times profile as a leader in the mass market and digital transformation of fashion: "a chatty and approachable ambassador of fashion who has aggressively thrust himself in front of hoi polloi using Twitter, blogs, v-logs and — most visibly — television."[9]

He was a recurring character as boss of the reality series The City.

Zee hosts All on the Line, a fashion series on the Sundance Channel. In each episode, Zee acts a business consultant to a designer who is struggling.[10] He appeared on an episode of Ugly Betty, Mistresses, and General Hospital as himself. He was one of the co-hosts of the ABC daytime talk show The Fab Life.

In 2013 Goldstein who Zee once worked under as an assistant now Reports to him as Fashion Editor at Large for Elle magazine for which he is now the creative director of the publication. [11]

Zee has worked with some of the fashion world’s most important image-makers, including Annie Leibovitz, Juergen Teller and Patrick Demarchelier. Zee also has versatility, offering his styling expertise to brands from Chanel to Banana Republic.[12]

He is the author of the forthcoming book That's What Fashion Is: Lessons and Stories from My Nonstop, Mostly Glamorous Life in Style (2015).

In 2016, he was one of the guest judges in the final of Miss USA 2016 in T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Currently his clothing line "Styled by Joe Zee" can be purchased online on QVC.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Zee is married to Rob Younkers, host of Logo TV's Secret Guide to Fabulous.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Daily Celebrates Joe Zee's Birthday". Archived from the original on 2012-03-17. Retrieved 06/09/11. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ ""Joe Zee IMDB Biography"".
  3. ^ Clehane, Diane. "So What Do You Do, Joe Zee, Creative Director, Elle?". MediaBistro. MediaBistro Inc. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  4. ^ Duggan, Leeann. "Joe Zee Leaves Elle For Yahoo". Refinery 29. Refinery 29. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  5. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra (April 14, 2014). "Joe Zee Exiting Hearst to Join Yahoo". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
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  7. ^ Rubin, Nadine (9 September 2008). "The Celeb Whisperer". New York Post. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Career Timeline: Lori Goldstein". School of Style Blog.
  9. ^ Williams, Alex (16 March 2011). "Fashion's Ambassador: Joe Zee". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Feiereisen, Sharon (2011-03-29). "Joe Zee is Back with New Reality TV Show". The Fashion Spot. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  11. ^ "Career Timeline: Lori Goldstein". School of Style Blog.
  12. ^ "Joe Zee BoF 500 the People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry". business of fashion.
  13. ^ ""Styled by Joe Zee" on QVC".
  14. ^ "Joe Zee and Rob Younkers Are Engaged!". People. December 4, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2016.

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