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Hi! I'm Cleo Abram.

I make (digital) media. 


I'm the senior manager of network development at Vox, which means I help make new things (a tv show! a daily podcast!). I also produce and host video for Vox.


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.

Some videos



Knockoffs are everywhere in fashion. So is the controversy they inspire. The Constitution gives Congress the power to stop copying by giving authors and inventors “the exclusive right" to their work. But there’s a catch. These protections must “promote the progress” of creative industries. 

Credits: Writer, researcher, producer, host



Every time you send something on the internet, it's a copy. But using new technology, can we make digital goods that are... rare? That's the question behind CryptoKitties, a new game to buy, breed, and sell digital cats on the blockchain.


Credits: Writer, researcher, producer, host



Model Citizen


Models are sexually harassed at more than double the cross-industry average. We explore the grey areas on set that contribute to this problem. And with the help of model and activist Sara Ziff, we explain the specific legal loophole allowing it to happen.


Credits: Writer, researcher, producer, host



Where are all the models between size 0 and plus size? I 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

Some interviews

Cleo ITG

Into The Gloss

The Face: Cleo Abram,


"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."


Cleo Thor


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."


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."

Letterlist Cleo


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."