The Select Guest
MEET | ARIEL FOXMAN
Featured 9.10-9.16.18 | We’re not going to lie, just looking at Ariel Foxman’s wide-ranging lineup of gigs on his Instagram bio can be rather intimidating: Cielo’s Dad. Digital Content and Fashion Executive. Vanity Fair Cont. Editor. GLAAD Board. Mr. Porter Style Council. Former EIC InStyle, CNP’s Cargo. OK, and that’s *before* we found out Foxman graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and can read Babylonian Aramaic (for the record, we had to look up what that is — and let’s just say we’re still pretty confused). From a career that includes working for titles such as The New Yorker and Details, as well as serving as the first-ever male editor to helm InStyle magazine (!) to his latest role as Vanity Fair Contributing Editor slash Content Consultant slash dad to his new baby son Cielo, it’s safe to say that the fabulous Mr. Fox (man) is truly a modern Renaissance man. Oh, and did we mention this November he’ll be running his first marathon in support of Blue Card, which helps elderly Holocaust survivors meet their basic needs? From career-ing to parenting, we can’t think of anyone better to show us what it takes to graduate magna cum laude from the school of life. Welcome to Ariel’s week.
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Currently, Ariel Foxman is a content specialist working with a portfolio of lifestyle and direct-to-consumer brands. He is also a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and writes a regular column on gay parenting for Maisonette.
In addition to having been a contributor for Time magazine on the topic of fashion, Foxman has written about culture and travel for Fortune, New York, and The New York Times, among others. He is a frequent speaker on such topics as careers, fashion, and publishing, and is a lecturer at New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute and School of Professional Studies. Foxman has interviewed countless notable subjects including the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, Julia Roberts, and Kerry Washington.
On television, Foxman was a permanent judge on Lifetime’s Project Accessory, the first spinoff of Project Runway. He has also appeared on Bravo’s The Rachel Zoe Project and It’s a Brad, Brad World. He was featured in the documentary, Crazy About Tiffany’s, and was the first editor to make a cameo on CW’s Gossip Girl.Foxman began his career at Crown Publishers, a division of Random House, and then worked in editorial at Details and The New Yorker. Subsequently, he spent four years atInStyle, where he held various positions covering celebrities, films, and trends. In 2003, at age 29, he left InStyle to become the founding editor of Cargo, Condé Nast’s men’s shopping magazine. He rejoined Time Inc. as editor-at-large in 2006.
A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Foxman earned a B.A. in English and American Literature and the comparative study of religion. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, a New York City public school principal.
Ariel Foxman is the former editorial director of leading fashion media brands InStyle and StyleWatch. He also oversaw the all-digital InStyle Collection, comprised of InStyle,xoJane, xoVain, and The Outfit. He was responsible for print and digital content, consumer and client strategy, and new revenue streams beyond advertising and circulation. Under Foxman’s leadership, InStyle became the foremost fashion and beauty media brand, outperforming the entire category with the largest audience of affluent women, the highest newsstand sales, and the most subscriptions at the highest price. Foxman became the brand's only male editor at the age of 34 and held the title for eight years before resigning his post in 2016.
During Foxman’s tenure, InStyle earned numerous awards and distinctions. It was selected among nearly 10,000 eligible titles as min’s (Media Industry Newsletter) Top Brand of the Past 30 Years, in addition to receiving the 2016 award for Digital Team of the Year. In 2015, Daily Front Row honored InStyle as Fashion Media Brand of the Year, and in both 2013 and 2012 Advertising Age placed InStyle on its A-List as one of the top five media brands of the year.
Over the course of his career, Foxman has received many accolades. In 2016, for the second straight year, he was listed in “Business of Fashion 500” as one of the world’s most influential fashion insiders. He was also a speaker at SXSW Interactive, covering the New Rules of Social Stardom with actress Kerry Washington, and was featured in Fandango’s red-carpet edition of its I Love Movies series. Foxman received the Marylou Luther Journalism Award from the Accessories Council in 2015, and in 2014 was honored at Live Out Loud’s annual Trailblazers Gala. In 2013, Crain’s listed Foxman as one of the “40 Under 40,” a group of rising stars “who will shape New York for the next 25 years,” and The Advocate called him one of the “50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media.” Foxman was thrice included in Out’s annual Power List and was named one of Forbes magazine’s most powerful U.S. fashion editors.
Ariel and his husband Brandon welcomed their son, Cielo Rimon Foxman-Cardet, last September.