Meet Joanna Coles.
BuzzFeed dropped by the Cosmopolitan office to have a chat with Joanna Coles, Cosmo's editor-in-chief, about her secrets on getting ahead and living fearlessly.
Prepare to get inspired by the hardest-working, most successful woman in the industry with our Q&A below!
What’s one accessory or article of clothing in your closet that makes you feel most fearless?
Leather pants. I've got 30 pairs, and I need more. I can never have enough. I literally have every shade imaginable. Last year I bought beige ones and it wasn't a good look, so I'm sticking with the darks this year.
Who is your fun, fearless celebrity crush?
Oh, totes. I've got two — Sheryl Sandberg and John Oliver.
Who's your favorite Cosmopolitan cover girl?
Usually it's the celebrity of the moment. Miley Cyrus was my first cover; I love Miley. I adore Demi Lovato. I'm thrilled to have an old friend, Cameron Diaz, on our upcoming cover. We've got Rita Ora at moment, who I think is fantastic — we immediately bonded.
Honestly, whoever we have that month is usually my favorite person. They're all tremendous and they all bring it.
What’s your favorite way to keep in shape?
My treadmill desk, and experimenting with Cosmo's sex position of the day.
Is there anything you can't live without?
Peanut butter, definitely; and sex, if you couldn't tell — I am the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan after all.
Speaking of, do you have a favorite sex position?
Hmm, my favorite sex position is "awake." It doesn't need any explanation; "awake" says it all.
Who do you think is the best-dressed celebrity?
Tilda Swinton, no doubt about it.
What's your favorite emoji?
I think my favorite emoji would be the cab. I also like the lipstick emoji, but the cab is my favorite. Or the plane… emojis of travel are the best, like, just get me the fuck out of here. The moment I'm most likely to lose it is when I can't get a cab in NYC.
What’s the most brutally honest piece of advice you have for aspiring woman leaders?
Grow a rhinoceros hide — you can't worry about criticism. Just plow on.
Thoughts on Pumpkin Spice Lattes?
I don't understand pumpkin. As a flavor I don't understand it at all. I think the most unpleasant thing in America is pumpkin pie. The most egregious form of Thanksgiving dinner is marshmallow-and-pumpkin pie.
OK, one last thing: Tell us a secret.
Well, if I told you, it wouldn't be a secret anymore, would it?
I can tell you one thing. We've almost sold out of tickets for Cosmo's Fun Fearless Life event taking place on Nov. 8, so hurry now to buy them.