Leandra Medine

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Leandra Medine

(1988-12-20) December 20, 1988 (age 30)
Alma materThe New School (B.A.)
OccupationFashion blogger[1]
Years active2010–present
Known forFounder of Man Repeller
Notable work
Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls.
Abraham "Abie" J. Cohen (m. 2012)
WebsiteMan Repeller

Leandra Medine Cohen (Hebrew: לינדרה מדינה כהן; born December 22, 1988)[2] is an American author, blogger, and humor writer best known for Man Repeller, an independent fashion and lifestyle website.[3]

Three days after Medine started the website in 2010, it was featured in Refinery29. Within days, she was also featured in the fashion websites Style.com, Gawker, The Cut, and Fashionista. In 2012, Medine was featured in Forbes's "Top 30 Under 30" as one of the year's "most influential trendsetters,"[4] while Man Repeller was recognized in TIME's "25 Best Blogs of 2012",[5] and received "Best Overall Blog" at the 2012 Bloglovin' Awards.[6] Medine released her first book, an essay collection and memoir titled Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls, in 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Medine was born on December 20, 1988[7] in Manhattan.[8] Her father Mois Medine is of Turkish-Jewish descent, and her mother Lyora "Laura" Medine is of Iranian-Jewish descent.[7][9][10] She grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household.[11]

Medine attended the Ramaz School in Manhattan.[12] She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the New School's Eugene Lang College in May 2011.[13][14]


Early career[edit]

Medine's first foray into online writing began in 2009, while a student at the New School. After studying abroad in Paris, Medine started a blog called Four Months in Paris using the hosting service Blogger. She later renamed it to Boogers and Bagels (stylized as Boogers + Bagels).[15]

The blog primarily covered fashion trends, humor, personal stories, and feminist issues. Its final post was published on April 19, 2010, shortly after the launch of Medine's second, and better known, blog, the Man Repeller.

Man Repeller[edit]

Medine started the Man Repeller blog in May 2010 as a hobby.[16] The idea for the blog came during a trip to Topshop with friend Rachel Strugatz, now an online editor at Women's Wear Daily. Medine recalled, "We were laughing at how everything was so man-repelling: acid-washed harem pants and enormous shoulder pads, and I just said, 'That's it! That's the blog.'"[17]

A few days after it launched, the blog was featured on the fashion website Refinery29.[18] It became popular enough that Medine began collaborating with major magazines like Lucky and Harper's Bazaar.[17] The blog became so commercially successful through a combination of traditional advertising, sponsored blog posts, appearance fees, and designer collaborations that Medine decided to work on the blog full-time after graduation.[18]

In its early years, the blog solely consisted of Medine. Now, she and five other full-time employees edit, write, and promote the website [19] The blog also covers topics such as current events, lifestyle, and feminism. In September 2013 she published a book, Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. published by Grand Central Publishing.

Medine has collaborated with designers on limited collections of clothes and accessories, including Gryphon, shoe companies Del Toro and Superga, jewelry line Dannijo, and clothing line PJK. Additional brand collaborations include Michael Kors, Maje, BaubleBar, Stuart Weitzman, and Saks Fifth Avenue.[20]

In 2012, Medine signed with the Creative Artists Agency, an entertainment talent agency headquartered in Los Angeles, California.[20] In 2016, Medine launched MR by Man Repeller, a line of loafers, flats, metallic booties, and heels exclusive to Net-a-Porter which embodied her not too serious and irreverent style. MR by Man Repeller was followed by Medine's eponymous shoe brand Leandra Medine which is sold at Barneys NY, Harvey Nichols, and The Webster.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2011, Medine announced her engagement to Abie J. Cohen, a financial advisor at the Swiss investment bank UBS, whom she had met when she was 17 years old.[22][23] Following the announcement, many responded negatively, questioning her commitment to the principles of “man repelling” outlined in her blog. The Huffington Post wrote: “What happens when the Man Repeller no longer repels men?”[24] In her book, Medine outlines the personal doubt that followed the social media backlash to her engagement [25]

She and Cohen were wed in June 2012 [26] She and her husband currently live in the East Village.[27] In the December 16, 2016 episode of her podcast, she revealed that she suffered a miscarriage.

In 2013, her brother Haim launched jewelry line Khai Khai and her mother Laura launched jewelry line The Laura Medine Collection.[28][29]

On March 1, 2018, Medine gave birth to twin girls, Laura and Madeline.


  1. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/fashion/16MANREPELLER.html
  2. ^ Ep 6: Choice, retrieved 2017-09-10
  3. ^ Abraham, Tamara (11 October 2012). "'Man Repeller' Leandra Medine FINALLY introduces her husband - and the 'simple' bridal look she chose to wed him in". Daily Mail Online. London. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Olsen twins, Alexander Wang and Man Repeller labelled Forbes' most influential trend-setters as they land 30 Under 30 list". The Daily Mail. London. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  5. ^ "25 Best Blogs 2012". Time. 22 October 2012. Archived from the original on 26 December 2012.
  6. ^ Bloglovin' Awards
  7. ^ a b Oberlin, Allison (October 9, 2015). "Fashion Crush Friday: Leandra Medine". Ink Magazine. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Power, Faye (September 2, 2014). "Where Leandra Medine Hangs Out in NYC". Gotham. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  9. ^ Medine, Leandra (June 4, 2012). "On My Face". Man Repeller. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  10. ^ Heebner, Jennifer (November 29, 2013). "Get to Know Laura Medine of Laura Medine Co". JCK. Archived from the original on 2016-04-24. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Wallace, Benjamin (February 8, 2014). "What's So Alluring About a Woman Known As Man Repeller?". New York. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  12. ^ Syrett, Alison. "What To Expect From The Man Repeller's Very First Book". Lucky. Archived from the original on August 7, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  13. ^ Galante, Meredith (September 26, 2011). "THE MAN REPELLER: How A 22-Year-Old Blogger Wound Up On The Runway At New York Fashion Week". Business Insider. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "New Schoolers Make Forbes' "30 Under 30"". The New School News. January 14, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  15. ^ Medine, Leandra (2013). Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls. New York: Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 9781455521388.
  16. ^ Battan, Carrie (February 9, 2011). "It's a Look: A Heart-to-Heart With Man Repeller, Fashion's New Ick Girl". New York Observer. Retrieved March 2, 2017.
  17. ^ a b Aleksander, Irina (December 15, 2010). "Fashion Triumph: Deflecting the Male Gaze". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  18. ^ a b Manning, Charles (June 8, 2015). "Man Repeller's Leandra Medine Is Literally Turning Down Money Left and Right". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  19. ^ "Inside the Man Repeller's New Office". Elle. August 12, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  20. ^ a b http://www.businessoffashion.com/2012/07/the-business-of-blogging-the-man-repeller.html Business of Fashion: The Business of Blogging | The Man Repeller
  21. ^ ""Shoes That Do the Work for You"—Leandra Medine's Rebranded Line Is in Expansion Mode". Vogue. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  22. ^ Nisita, Lexi. "Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller Wedding". Refinery29. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  23. ^ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/09/10/the-15-most-cringe-worthy-bits-from-man-repeller-seeking-love-finding-overalls.html
  24. ^ Krupnick, Ellie (15 June 2012). "PHOTOS: The Man Repeller Ties The Knot". Huffington Post.
  25. ^ Medine, Leandra. "The Peplum." Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. New York: Grand Central, 2013. 189-192. Print.
  26. ^ Wicks, Amy. "The Man Repeller's Leandra Medine Talks Weddings, Cake". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  27. ^ Kaufman, Joanne (August 22, 2014). "In the Style of Transitional Me: Leandra Medine, Man Repeller". The New York Times. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  28. ^ http://boston.racked.com/archives/2013/09/13/meet-haim-medine-racked-young-gun-and-khai-khai-designer.php
  29. ^ http://www.elle.com/news/fashion-style/laura-medine-jewelry-interview

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