Writing about beauty and fashion requires a level of talent and dedication one may not expect – you have to stay on top of trends, news, and current events like any other writing topic. In fact, the more enthusiasm and years of devotion you apply to the fashion and beauty sectors, the more your writing career in said sectors should blossom and grow.
For the fashionista auteur, writing about fashion and beauty is a dream come true – especially if he or she gets to do it from home! Websites that pay you to write about your favorite topic do exist, and we have compiled a top 5 list here:
5 Sites That Pay You to Write About Beauty and Fashion
#1 – Cosmopolitan.com
Currently accepting essays about college that are no more than 800 words, cosmopolitan.com (yes, the Cosmo!) pays their contributors $100 per contribution. While your college tale may not include any fashion or beauty tips, the publication uses this platform as a way to hire contributing writers onto their staff, which makes this a relatively simple job application – because if you don’t get hired to be their new beauty expert, you could still get published (and paid!).
#2 – xoJane
xoJane.com will pay you $50 to submit articles on fashion, beauty dares, unpopular opinions, and a variety of other topics. Beauty Dare is exactly how it sounds – the author tries out crazy beauty or fashion trends and writes about them, and the effect they had on their day. These posts are best if they’re of-the-moment – for example, “Kylie Jenner wore a sweater made entirely out of macaroni and cheese, so I wore a sweater made entirely out of macaroni and cheese to the gym.” Maybe your trend won’t be as weird (or practically impossible), but you get the picture. If nothing else, experimenting for xoJane publication will take you out of your comfort zone.
#3 – Babble
A website based around the life of moms – and now owned by Disney – Babble accepts pitches centered on pregnancy/parenting, lifestyles and entertainment, food, home, travel, style and beauty. The pay range is $100 – $150 – not too shabby! It may help to come up with unique style article ideas specifically targeted towards parents – like an article based around trendy nursing clothes or cute maternity wear. Menswear is fair game, too – you don’t often see posts entitled, “The Best Shoes For Dads to Chase Their Toddlers In,” but that sort of pitch should at least get you noticed.
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#4 – BlogHer
You may not have heard of BlogHer by now, but you should have – the multimedia empire is huge. It is a part of the digital media company SheKnows Media, which claims to be the “#1 women’s lifestyle digital media company with over 79 million unique visitor per month.” That’s a lot of eyes on your work! Their mission is to inspire women by using other women’s success as examples. Posts can range on topics like food, health, love and sex, family, and – of course – fashion and beauty, to name but a few. DailyMakeover and StyleCaster are two of the major fashion and beauty sites that sit under the SheKnows Media umbrella. Posts pay out at around $50.
#5 – Refinery29
Another big one, Refinery29, has its writers focus on all things fashion, beauty, pop culture, and news-related. Have an article posted by this online giant, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to go viral. Refinery29 is a bit of a hipster paradise, with the site being one of the firsts to report the newest trends, whether it’s mermaid tights or rainbow highlighter, but that doesn’t mean it’s not impressive to have on your CV! The website is well-respected amongst its peers and viewed as a beacon of hipness.
Searching for websites to write for that cater specifically to the fashion and beauty sector can be a bit challenging, since it seems like a job most people would want to do, or would assume it’s easy to do; however, a bit of digging through a good, old-fashioned Google search (or by reading posts like this one) can unearth some gems that can bring in a great form of supplemental income.
Happy shopping – and writing!
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