In addition to being the Editorial Director here at Gurl, Julie is the co-author of Hot Mess and author of Slept Away and a huge fan of pizza. Her writing has appeared in places such as the Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Seventeen, among others. She’s a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and isn’t that into goatees. You probably find her eating Nutella and at juliekraut.com.
Before getting her job at gURL.com, Jessica interned for Us Weekly magazine and HollywoodLife.com, which helped her meet and interview some of her favorite celebrities. When she’s not working, Jessica enjoys dreaming about Ryan Gosling, watching a lot of movies and TV, discovering funny Tumblr blogs, being a vegetarian and cuddling with her kitten. She also has an unhealthy obsession with her iPhone. You can follow her on Twitter @Jboothyy
Danielle Lurie is a filmmaker and also likes to take pictures of pretty, silly, and/or awesome things and post them on Instagram. She’s made a bunch of short films including 81-Year-Old Sweethearts, which is about an 81-year-old man was flying across the country to re-meet his high school sweetheart after 62 years – how cute is that (??!!). She’s made film projects with some cool folks most notably a documentary that had Larry David in it. And yeah, she admits she has a weird crush on him. In addition to producing all of the videos on Gurl, Danielle loses many chess games to her dad and doodles more than she should.
Chiara Atik is a New York based writer, originally from California. She writes about dating for HowAboutWe.com, and is a playwright with Ensemble Studio Theater’s Youngblood group. In her free time, Chiara likes to travel above all else, but when that’s not possible, she contents herself with hanging around the Lower East Side, popping into museums, and lazing about on rooftops. She is on a quest to find the best pasta in New York City. You can follow her on twitter @ChiaraAtik.
Nina Fortuna is a graduate of Northeastern University (Boston, not Chicago). She currently is a program coordinator for the American Society of Magazine Editors where she manages the National Magazine Awards, the ASME Best Cover Contest and the coveted Magazine Internship Program. Nina has been an intern at Seventeen magazine and has freelanced for various magazines including Time Out New York and Glamour. She and her high-maintenance dog Penny Lane live in Astoria, where Nina pretends the sound of the subway is really the sound of waves crashing on the beach.
Laura’s been near-obsessed with social media and her various personal blogs for the past ten years, so she’s thrilled to be able to share her musings online with Gurl.com readers. Her one true love in life is belly dancing and she’d be happy to show you some moves. Besides blogging, Laura also digs her wonderful friends, hiding in corners at the goth club, drinking wayyy too much coffee, Hello Kitty, jewelry she can’t afford, Rihanna’s haircuts, new wave music, and Corgis.
Jessica Sager will sleep when she’s dead. When she’s not writing for Gurl, she’s writing and editing for PopCrush and StarCrush, dishing out Dating Rules, performing stand up comedy, flexing, beating you at Street Fighter, or writing bios in the third person. She loves baking, butter, the New York Jets, heights, and anything with an engine. She finds vegetables and flat shoes particularly offensive. Jess graduated with honors and a B.A. in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University, because at the time it seemed more lucrative than studying to be a ninja. She’s currently reevaluating her life decisions and patiently waiting for Gerard Butler to lift that pesky restraining order. You can watch her on YouTube at youtube.com/jethicawethome (language may be NSFW) and lurk her comedy Twitter at @ohheyjesssager.
Shallon Lester was the star of MTV’s hit reality series “Downtown Girls” and is currently an editor at Star magazine. Dubbed “Carrie Bradshaw 2.0” by Cosmo magazine, Shallon is the author of two books: teen fiction novel Hot Mess and dating memoir Exes and Ohs: A Downtown Girls’ (Mostly Awkward) Tales of Love, Lust, Revenge and a Little Facebook Stalking. She lives in Manhattan, NY where she obsesses over soccer players, bedazzled iPhones and TJ Maxx. Follow her on Twitter @DowntownShallon!
Kat Rosenfield is a writer, illustrator, advice columnist, YA novelist, and former lead singer of the most terrible modern rock band in New York, which is really saying something. When not contributing to Gurl, she can be found gossiping about celebrity fashion and sparkly vampires on MTV.com, and demonstrating proper flirting technique on the Barnes & Noble site SparkLife. Her first book comes out this summer. Follow her on Twitter @katrosenfield.
Lifestyle expert Abiola Abrams is an MTV Made Teen Dating Empowerment Coach, host of “Abiola’s Kiss and Tell Web TV” and author of the upcoming Official Bombshell Handbook. Find her scrapbooking with pink feathers at AbiolaTV.com.
Michelle was just 7 years old when she knew she would be an illustrator, and has been pursuing this dream ever since. She grew up internationally as the daughter of a diplomat, and kept careful note of her experiences there. After graduating in illustration, she began as an in-house illustrator at a newspaper, then quit and moved to Paris. She is now back in Salt Lake City, where she does freelance and enjoys the company of her cat Saffy Sweatpants (who looks like she is wearing them).
Meg Haston is the author of How to Rock Braces and Glasses, a novel for young adults. While you’re anxiously awaiting the sequel (How to Rock Break-Ups and Make-Ups, September 2012), you can check out How to Rock on Saturday nights at 8:30 EST on Nickelodeon. After living in Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, and Avignon, France (among other cool places), she moved back to her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, where she spends her time writing, going to the beach, and hanging out with her rescue pup Dinah. Sometimes she does all three at once. If you’re impressed with her ability to multitask, follow her on Twitter @meghaston.
JOANNA MARTINE WOOLFOLK is the author of The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, which is a classic in its field. Her newest Sun Sign Series has just been published – a collection of 12 books, each dedicated exclusively to one zodiac sign. Joanna has written the Horoscope column for such magazines as Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, Self, YM, and House Beautiful. She is a popular TV and radio personality who has been interviewed by Barbara Walters and Regis Philbin. She has also created an astrological design business, The Abundant Goddess, Inc., and been on QVC selling her beautiful Astrological Scarf. To learn more, visit Joanna’s website at www.joannamartinewoolfolk.com
Haemi Choung is the modern day adventurer and storyteller. Ever since she was young, she loves watching, writing and drawing really good stories. After graduating with a degree in cartooning, she decided to go on a journey to learn everything and anything- from cooking and trying experimental foods to discovering new and unique places in New York City to experiencing good and awkward dates! All the experiences she gains are always for her comics and readers like you! You can check out her website (www.haemichoung.com) and her instagram account! (@comicsbyhaemi)