The Hairpin

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The Hairpin
Type of site
Current events, culture
Available inEnglish
Created byEdith Zimmerman
EditorsEdith Zimmerman
Emma Carmichael
Haley Mlotek
Sylvia Killingsworth
Key peopleMichael Macher
Launched2010; 13 years ago (2010)
Current statusShut down

The Hairpin was a women's website in The Awl network. It was founded in 2010 by Edith Zimmerman. It ceased publication at the end of January 2018.[1]

From 2013 to 2014, The Hairpin was edited by Emma Carmichael, with Jia Tolentino as contributing editor. Haley Mlotek was editor at The Hairpin from 2014 to 2015,[2] with Jazmine Hughes as contributing editor, followed by Alexandra Molotkow.[3][4] The site went on hiatus briefly but was revived in 2016 when Sylvia Killingsworth left The New Yorker to become editor of both The Awl and The Hairpin.[5]

Carmichael described her role as the first new editor at The Hairpin after Zimmerman stepped down in 2013 as "really hard; Edith created a perfectly formed product in The Hairpin and her voice was...The Hairpin".[6]

The Hairpin had been home to several recurring features including Jia Tolentino's "Interview With a Virgin",[7] Jolie Kerr's "Ask A Clean Person",[8] former This American Life producer Jane Marie's makeup tutorial series "How To Be A Girl"[9] and Lindsay King-Miller's advice column "Ask A Queer Chick".[10]

Glen Weldon discussed the demise of The Hairpin as being in response to the decline in advertisement-driven website revenue, making a difficult situation for independent publishers.[11]


  1. ^ The Hairpin, "The Hairpin is ending" 16 January 2018.
  2. ^ Bloomgarden-Smoke, Kara (30 October 2015). "The Hairpin's Editors Are Leaving". The Observer. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  3. ^ The Hairpin - About.
  4. ^ Mlotek, Haley (October 30, 2015). "Bye!!!". The Hairpin. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  5. ^ "The Awl Names Silvia Killingsworth as Editor | Cision". 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-06-30.
  6. ^ Emma Carmichael, "Longform Podcast # 118: Emma Carmichael", 19 November 2014.[time needed]
  7. ^ Jia Tolentino, "Interview With a Virgin: Ben" The Hairpin, 29 January 2013.
  8. ^ Jolie Kerr, Ask A Clean Person The Hairpin.
  9. ^ Jane Marie, "How To Be A Girl" on Vimeo.
  10. ^ Lindsay King-Miller, "Ask A Queer Chick" The Hairpin.
  11. ^ Weldon, Glen (19 January 2018). "Is That Awl There Is? Remembering The Awl And The Hairpin". Retrieved 2018-11-03.

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