Authored by Amanda Montell

Amanda Montell

Contributor
Amanda Montell is a writer and author whose work has been featured in Marie Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, Bustle, Byrdie, and Who What Wear, where she formerly served as the Features & Beauty Editor. She is the author of the critically acclaimed books Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language, which has earned praise from The New York Times, Time Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher's Weekly, and others. Amanda graduated magna cum laude from NYU with a degree in linguistics and lives in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, where she enjoys learning impractical languages, doting upon her spoiled pets, and volunteering as a crisis counselor for LGBTQ youth.
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