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Ariel Foxman

Editorial Director, InStyle & StyleWatch

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Ariel Foxman’s editorship of InStyle has seen it become the fashion magazine with the largest circulation in the United States, with a readership of over 10.9 million. Foxman oversees the US edition of InStyle, as well as 16 international editions and the magazine’s online presence.

His responsibilities include its market-leading social media channels, which have been a key success achieved during Foxman’s editorship. InStyle has over 2.3 million Twitter followers, making it more popular on the micro-blogging platform than the American editions of Elle and Vogue.

Ariel Foxman was appointed managing editor of InStyle in 2008. Immediately prior to his appointment, he acted as an editor-at-large for Time Inc. Foxman has written for The New York Times, Fortune, Wired, Details, Out and O at Home. In addition to his editorial work, Foxman is a judge on Lifetime’s Project Accessory, a Project Runway spin-off. In 2009, Forbes named Foxman one of the most powerful fashion editors in the world.


Following his graduation magna cum laude from Harvard College, Foxman began his career as an assistant at publishing company Random House, before becoming an assistant to the editor-in-chief of Details. He worked at The New Yorker as an editorial assistant before joining InStyle in 1999, age 25.

Foxman left InStyle briefly to become the launch editor-in-chief of Cargo in 2003. Positioned as the male equivalent to Condé Nast’s Lucky magazine, the project was pulled in 2006, following less than three years in print.

Speaking when Foxman was appointed managing editor of InStyle, Martha Nelson said, "He is the smartest kid in the class, he is very energetic, super-creative and excited. All the qualities I liked about him when he was 25 years old still exist."


InStyle Magazine

InStyle Magazine

Editor-in-Chief, InStyle US

2008 - Present

New York, United States

Cargo Magazine

Cargo Magazine

Founding Editor

2003 - 2007

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

Editorial Assistant

1998 - 1999


Harvard University

Harvard University

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Vital Statistics

6 February 1974

United States

United States

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