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Cleo Abram

I make (digital) media. 

 

I'm the manager of new products at Vox, where I help grow Vox's business and make new things (a tv show! a daily podcast!). 

 

I'm the writer, producer and host of Model Citizen, a Racked video series that uses fashion as a microscope to dissect major social and political issues. 

 

And I write the Short Version.


On camera

Model Citizen: Episode 1

 

Models are sexually harassed at more than double the cross-industry average. Cleo and Racked explore the grey areas on set that contribute to this problem. With the help of model and activist Sara Ziff, the team explains the specific legal loophole allowing it to happen.

 

Credits: Writer, researcher, producer, host

MODEL CITIZEN: EPISODE 2

 

Where are all the models between size 0 and plus size? Cleo wrote a program that scraped hundreds of models’ measurements from agency sites to show exactly how few there are. With the help of model Amber Tolliver, the team explores why that’s happening and what it means for the rest of us.

 

Credits: Writer, researcher, producer, host


Interviews

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Into The Gloss

The Face: Cleo Abram, Vox.com

 

"Because I’ve been interested in politics for as long as I can remember, my friends always used to ask me for the 'short version' of major political debates. I started a newsletter and soon-to-be video series that breaks down what’s happening, why it’s important to know, and then summarizes each side in parallel. There’s no bullshit, it’s just very clear explanations."

 

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WHAT WE SEE

Cleo Abram Puts An Inquisitive Mind To Good Use

 

The more you learn about her, the more it becomes clear that the Short Version is an easy extension of an informed and inquisitive mind like Abram’s. If this interdisciplinary, eclectic, and exciting range of projects is what she’s produced so far, there’s sure to be much more to come. Check out more from Model Citizen and keep an eye out for what she’s doing next. It’s sure to be powerful, political, and thoughtful— just like she is.

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More Than Model Radio

Cleo Abram: Model and Politics Nerd

 

"The women who I've met through fashion think about the world in a way that reflects they know they can impact it. That has been the best part of modeling by far. There was a Gallup poll recently that showed around 30% of people think the media is fair and accurate. And I wonder at the power of being an individual in that space. In a time when people distrust the media, if it's used correctly, it can be very powerful."

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Letterlist

Best Newsletters: The Short Version by Cleo Abram

 

"It’s so easy to focus on your own career, and we all should, but it’s absolutely essential to lift up the people around you as well. I’m working hard to be the type of person who always emails back, introduces people who should meet, gives long written feedback if ever I’m asked. Success is absolutely not a zero sum game."