Mia Freedman

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Mia Freedman
Born Mia Freedman
(1971-10-01) 1 October 1971 (age 45)
Occupation Editor & Journalist
Spouse(s) Jason Lavigne
Children 3

Mia Lavigne[1] professionally known as Mia Freedman (born 1 October 1971)[2] is an editor, journalist, columnist, author and blogger. She was the youngest ever editor of the Australian edition of Cosmopolitan in 1996, aged 24.

Freedman is also the founder, publisher and editorial director of Australian women’s website Mamamia.[3] In 2012, Freedman also launched an Australian edition of parenting website iVillage.[4]


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.[5]

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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

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.[7]

Freedman is married and has three children.


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