The Autostraddle Insider: Issue 23, May 2016, Alex Vega Tribute Edition

Letter From Your Editors
Hello Babypops!

Do you like the new design yet? I love it! I love it so much and I hope you love it soon too so we can all be in love together, because being in love is the best.

Speaking of love! Welcome to a very special edition of the Autostraddle Insider devoted entirely to Alex Vega, an alleged vegan with wicked design skills and a passion for dancing.

Alex for Autostraddle, 2009 - 2016

I met Alex Vega for the first time in October of 2007. She'd commented on my L Word recaps and my best friend Haviland followed a link from Alex's comment to Alex's portfolio and then somehow convinced this stranger from Long Island to design her new website and logo! She showed me Alex's MySpace page and I thought she looked cute so I invited myself to their meeting and it wasn't long before she was designing merch for my blog.

Nearly ten years later, I've gotta say goodbye (in a professional capacity) to the girl who launched this website with me back in...

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Riese is the 39-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker 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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