Mia Freedman

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Mia Freedman
Born (1971-10-01) 1 October 1971 (age 47)
Occupation Editor & Journalist
Spouse(s) Jason Lavigne
Children 3

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


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.[3]

Freedman is also the founder, publisher and editorial director of Australian women’s website Mamamia.[4] In 2012, Freedman also launched an Australian edition of parenting website iVillage.[5] This was rebranded as The Motherish in June 2015.[6] All content for The Motherish was folded into Mamamia by November 2015. [7]

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.[8]

Freedman has written 3 books, publishing her third, Work Strife Balance, in May 2017.[9]

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. Freedman was raised Jewish. She grew up in Sydney and attended the Ascham School.[10]

Freedman is married and has 3 children.


  1. ^ Macken, Lucy (10 July 2015). "Mamamia's Mia Freedman to buy Bellevue Hill house for about $12 million". Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 4 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Mia Freedman". Conversations with Richard Fidler.
  4. ^ "The Mamamia Team". Mamamia.
  5. ^ "Alana House to edit iVillage weeks after getting sack for protesting Woman's Day story". mUmBRELLA.
  6. ^ "Mamamia rebrands iVillage, takes full ownership of the site - AdNews". Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  7. ^ "'Mummy blogs are almost over': Mamamia scraps network approach and launches Instagram-style app and consultancy business - Mumbrella". Mumbrella. 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  8. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/new-code-to-promote-positive-body-image/story-e6freooo-1225791685716
  9. ^ "Why Mia Freedman doesn't strive for balance". 2017-05-31. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  10. ^ Landsman, Lexi (5 November 2009). "Mia Freedman's revealing new book". Australian Jewish News. Retrieved 20 October 2011.

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