4 Minutes and 50 Seconds of Ilene Chaiken

Ilene Chaiken recently visited a wall of books about architecture in Los Angeles, where she was interviewed by Fashion News Live, a groundbreaking news program that brings you fashion news, live. My number one feeling about this video is that I like what Ilene Chaiken has done with her hair. I’m being totally honest. As for my secondary feelings re:Ilene Chaiken, you’re probably already familiar with them.

Actually though, for serious, she was at a reception at Rob Robinson on Melrose in Los Angeles for Romi Klinger (of The Real L Word)’s new jewelry collection, The Lost Girl!

Do you know how long it took me to learn how to spell the word jewelry? I literally think I finally got it down yesterday.

Riese is the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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56 Comments

  1. The L word was before my time (Like, probably before I even hit puberty), so my one feeling about this article was “Lost Girl?” Like the amazing Canadian fantasy TV show about a bisexual succubus and a hot lesbian doctor?” I watch way too much TV, but thankfully couldn’t make it past the first season of the L word.

  2. omg doesn’t this explain so much about jenny? like OF COURSE she was a psychotic manipulative weirdo nobody could stand! and you just know ifc had to make the jenny+shane thing happen for her own projected satisfaction

  3. I have a lot of feelings right now. Mostly A #1:

    I WAS THERE THAT NIGHT.
    I narrowly missed her! I’m sure it was by a very small margin.

    Had I not missed her I probably would have asked her to sign a picture of Riese.

  4. I hate to admit it, but her inability to remember to breathe while speaking made me feel slightly sympathetic towards her. It reminds me of how I felt and probably sounded while giving presentations/simultaneously having panic attacks.

    It possibly helps that I stopped listening to the actual words she was saying about 20 seconds in.

  5. I’d really like to know what her “other ideas about continuing the l word brand” were.

    my top guesses are:

    1. theme park
    2. video game
    3. trademark flavor of starbucks coffee

  6. I read the teaser copy on the front page as: “If I am to be the foreskin of lesbian representation in the media, then yes I feel good about it.”

    Am slightly disappointed in actual article.

  7. I feel bad because I couldn’t get past the fact that all the questions/credits were in Impact. I don’t know, it felt like LOLCats were going to show up and make this a more articulate interview.

  8. OK, I’m sure it’s been said, but
    1) I HATE REALITY TV – It should be called STUPIDIFICATION TV!
    2) it’s not reality people, wake up & smell the manipulated b.s.
    3) it puts writers/actors/crew out of jobs …you know the people who went to school to hone their craft and earn a living?
    4) WTF? who watches this SH#T anyway, seriously?
    5) and the worst reality crap we export to the world: shows where idiots become group-think bullies that lie, cheat, and steal then are rewarded for pathetic behavior. That’s a nice export, no wonder most of the world thinks we’re idiots.
    6) if you like reality TV, I dare you to read a book to its end.

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