BeautyView: Jenny B. Fine, Editor, WWD Beauty Inc.

Jenny is the perfect illustration of why I love working in beauty – it gives me the opportunity to work with women like her. She is a smart, gorgeous, powerful and passionate woman that knows more about the industry, in particular the retail landscape, than anyone I know. She is loyal, genuine, and always on time (I love her pet peeves!). And she always has champagne in her fridge…

AP: What city were you born in? JBF: Louisville, KY.

AP: What city to do you live in? JBF: New York City, NY.

AP: What is your middle name? JBF: Beth. 

AP: What is your astrological sign? JBF: Sagittarius. 

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? JBF: I’m quite shy.

AP: What is your most prized possession? JBF: I fall in and out of love with things, but the health of my family is what’s most valuable to me.

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? JBF: Winston Churchill. 

AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. JBF: Classic individualism. 

AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? JBF: Hardly ever. I used to, but I’m a very on-time person and would become too stressed if others were late.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? JBF: Diamonds. Not too big and not too small.

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? JBF: Simplicity.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? JBF: Diptyque 34 eau de toilette.

AP: Botox or not? JBF: Not. Yet.

AP: Hair color: natural or not? JBF: Decidedly not!

AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? JBF: I avoid fruit—high in sugar. And the key lies in portion control.

AP: What do you do for exercise? JBF: In the words of Dr. Andrew Weil, I prefer functional exercise. I hate the gym.

AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? JBF: Wine, water and champagne.

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? JBF: I’m not a big cocktail drinker, but I do love the Doonski at Ma Pêche.

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? JBF: Like what you do. And who you do it with.

AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? JBF: I don’t fly much for business, mainly for pleasure.

AP: What are your three top tips for travel? JBF: 1. Carry on. 2. Carry on. 3. Carry on.

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. JBF: Carly Rae Jepson. Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. My iPod has been taken over by my 5 year old.

AP: What book are you reading right now? JBF: I’m making my way through my Christmas list: Kati Marton’s memoirs of her life with Richard Holbrook, Grace Coddington’s autobiography and the new Diana Vreeland biography, given to me by my boss.

AP: Quote to live by. JBF: I’m more of a mantra person.

AP: What is your worst pet peeve? JBF: Lateness, lying and insincerity.

AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? JBF: I wake up between 5:30 and 6 o’clock after a very restful 8-9 hours of sleep.

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? JBF: The people.

AP: Least favorite thing. JBF: The hype.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. JBF: Be strong, be bold, be confident. Be the first one in and the last one out. Understand your role in the context of the bigger picture. 

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