Friday, July 22, 2005

Jolie Unmasked

As you may have read in a little paper called the New York Post, I've been outed: my name is Nadine Haobsh, and I was a beauty editor for one of the most popular magazines in the country. I say "was" because there is a predictable end to this story: I came clean to my bosses about my blog—which very, very unfortunately coincided with a job offer from another top magazine—and gave my two weeks notice, which was declined. As luck would have it, once the Post story broke, my new magazine decided to rescind the offer. And that's the end of that chapter.

It's been a tough couple of days, mostly because I let down a lot of people who I care about and respect. To all you would-be bloggers out there: even if you truly are "just being funny" or "don't really mean it", think before you write. And definitely don't write about your industry: things will absolutely be taken out of context or interpreted incorrectly, and that's just not fun for anybody.

What's next for me? I have some exciting projects on the horizon, and am looking forward to figuring out what's best for me and what the future holds. Because I've been inundated with requests to renew the site—you love your Jolie, you really love her!—I've uploaded some of the beauty posts I was able to find on the internet. I'm sure there are more out there, but I'm looking forward right now, not back.

More to come soon—stay beautiful!


Blogger K said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the job situation, and I truly hope that you wind up with something great.

Thanks for taking the time to remind the rest of us - I'm thinking twice about my blogging now.

7/22/2005 12:20 PM  
Blogger BC said...

Sorry to hear/read about your woes.
Glad to have you back up and running.

7/22/2005 12:42 PM  
Blogger Brooks said...

Wow, one more Doocing for the pile. It's a shame that employers are so narrow minded. Be you own boss, that's what I always say.

Brooks Blog

7/22/2005 12:46 PM  
Blogger divamuffin said...

I've just been reading everything and am devastated! Just know that there are a lot of people who adore you. Good things are going to happen for you. You're so talented and so many people love reading what you have to say. Stay strong sis-tah!

7/22/2005 12:49 PM  
Blogger mdiadrlng said...

hey jolie, as someone who worked in the biz i admired the honesty/cleverness of your blog. it entertained/informed me daily! and at the end of the day, isn't that what journalism and publishing is all about?

7/22/2005 12:53 PM  
Blogger kerry said...

I can only hope that this means you get to move on to bigger and better things. You deserve it!!

7/22/2005 1:02 PM  
Blogger slinn3000 said...

i wish you tons of luck and i hope lots of fab jobs come your way! we all love you and your blog! your boss definitely lost her greatest asset...jolie!

7/22/2005 1:13 PM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

I hope you carry on blogging- this was the best blog read by far! Good luck in the future : )

7/22/2005 1:25 PM  
Blogger sugartwink said...

Ok, maybe I am a total geek but i am absolutely devistated about all of this! Jolie has been my FAVORITE (not to mention, only) blog that i read. I am in the biz too and it was so refreshing to read something so true, clever and funny about what I deal with on a day to day basis. You are a star in my eyes and I have to say that I'm so sad that I didn't get a chance to meet you before you left the mag. :(

7/22/2005 2:10 PM  
Blogger Anubha said...

I am the Beauty Editor for two major international mags and have been contemplating starting an anonymous beauty blog for some weeks now. Was just weighing the pros and cons when I saw this bit of news about you. I love the few entries that remain on your blog, and hope that you will be up and running soon!!!!

7/22/2005 3:03 PM  
Blogger Publicity Vixen said...

like most, I of course, read the nypost article. you mentioned that you were hoping to make this blog into a book, great idea!

well, while everyone is sad that you were outed by the post, it was probably the best thing that could have happened to you. as pt barnum said, all publicity is good publicity. everyone knows who you are now - including myself, so build yourself a fan base and start writing!

7/22/2005 3:10 PM  
Blogger pubby said...

Everyhing happens for a reason, right? Can't wait for your book/movie/product tie in's to come out, it's only a matter of time before that happens. You're the best!

7/22/2005 3:13 PM  
Blogger J. said...

All the best in your future endeavors!

I was also in the beauty industry for a while - I worked as an Art Director for a cosmetics/health and beauty aids manufacturer. And it was horrific. So glad to have moved on.

I hope everything works out for you... and if you ever need a versatile A.D., let me know!

7/22/2005 4:27 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Nadine, could you explain the circumstances surrounding the NY Post's outing you? Did they know that you were anonymous and wanted to remain so? Did they give/have any justification for doing it, beyond "we thought our readers might be interested"?
Have you been in communication with them since? How have they responded?

(I haven't seen the article since it's not freely available on the web - any chance you could publish the relevant section?)

I'm curious since I'm another outed blogger, and I want to know what goes through their minds...

7/22/2005 6:15 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Hi, just cancelled my subcription to Ladies Home Journal. Write that book, and I will buy it. Get yourself on Oprah, and you will sell a few more. Show those narrow minded bitches, ooops, I mean editors, what YOU can do!

7/22/2005 9:22 PM  
Blogger Mata Hari said...

I just heard your story today and wanted to wish you luck. I think Seventen Magazine lost out on a great beauty editor. Anyway, I look forward to reading your book. Please start writing! Remember, Avenues of good fortune are ahead of you!!

7/22/2005 11:29 PM  
Blogger a distant mind said...

huzzah for honest blogging.

shame for losing your job for it.. ah well

7/22/2005 11:32 PM  
Blogger Belinda said...

What looks like a set back is actually a set up for new and better things to come. The thing you are about to come into is so great that the other doors had to close forcefully before the next door in your life could be open. This is exciting. The New York Post knows your name. They also know how powerful you are.

7/22/2005 11:34 PM  
Blogger mcmiss said...

Saw an interview with you today-I hope your current problems will be short-lived and bring you great opportunities. And it doesn't hurt that you write, are well-spoken and have a killer hair style! Best of luck to you.

7/23/2005 1:14 AM  
Blogger Brooks said...

Hmmm. A copy of that interview would be nice to see on the blog. Is that possible?

Brooks Blog

7/23/2005 3:07 AM  
Blogger Croissants and raspberry jam said...

I can't believe someone at Siren outed you! I hate them!!!!!!!!

7/25/2005 12:11 PM  
Blogger PublicityChick said...

Nadine, It's CP,
So sorry to hear about this! Something better will pop up. I'm sure you've heard about this, but could you please post it on your blog? Someone out there might be able to help. Shari is my boss.


31-Year-Old Shari Kurzrok Will Die Unless She Receives Complete Liver Within Days

NEW YORK (July 20, 2005) – Shari Kurzrok is two months away from her wedding. The 31-year-old PR executive recently spearheaded the American Red Cross’ largest-ever blood donor campaign. Today, she is fighting for her life. Her doctors say she will not live if she doesn’t receive a complete liver transplant within days, and her colleagues in the PR industry are urgently mobilizing to help her.

“I just pray that what Shari has loved to do for a living comes back to help her,” says her fiancée Robby Schnall, 35, a marketing executive at Cole Haan. Their wedding is planned for October 15 at Woodbury Jewish Center in Long Island.

Shari’s sudden illness has taken her family, friends and doctors by surprise. She was admitted to New York University Medical Center last weekend, and within 24 hours she was told she needed a liver transplant to save her life. Her illness is still unexplained.

Kym White, managing director of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, says the news has shaken Shari’s colleagues and friends, as well as the extended communications industry. All are quickly rallying to spread the word through PR and advertising in order to draw attention to Shari’s plight. “Shari is a phenomenal friend and colleague, and it is hard to imagine that someone who only recently led the largest-ever blood donor initiative for the American Red Cross with such energy and enthusiasm, is now in vital need of a liver donation.”

Shari led the 345-city Save-a-Life-Tour, which featured two convoys that traveled across the country to raise awareness about the importance of regular blood donation and to attract new donors including a younger and more ethnically diverse demographic. The campaign collected more than 3.2 million pints of blood and registered more than 38,000 new potential donors. Kamenna Lee, Director, Sales & Marketing for the American Red Cross, said, "Shari poured her heart, soul and life into one of our largest initiatives and truly helped save lives."

Now Shari’s family and friends hope that just one person can help save Shari’s life. Shari is a native of Great Neck, Long Island, and the daughter of Gloria and Mort Kurzrok. Her father says, “This is a race against time. We want to draw attention not only to Shari’s cause, but also to the urgent, ongoing need that challenge families like us every day.”

Potential donors must be Type A or Type O blood. A directed donation is when a donor family opts to donate an organ directly to a specific individual. Donor families often make the decision to donate organs during times of grief and shock; however, organ donation is a chance for something positive to come out of a tragedy. Anyone wanting to help Shari with a complete liver transplant referral should call: 877-223-3386 or email:

For more information go to

7/25/2005 2:10 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Caught a glimpse of you this Am on a "news" type morning program. I was intrigued by what you were saying and wanted to check your sight and let you know that women all over this country crave to know what's real. The older I get the more I realize my whole life has been in the shadows of celebs... How sick is that? I have finally figured out what's real and what really matters. I admire your guts and think what has happened with your "position" in the long run will prove to be the greatest gift for you. Keep writing, we will keep reading.

7/25/2005 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Blair said...

Stay Strong.....I knew I kept you in my favs. for a reason. We think the world of you!!

7/25/2005 11:34 PM  
Blogger Paul Glowiak said...

I hope that you are able to find a good attorney, because you got roallay screwed, in my opinion.

I am adding you to my favorites; I hope that things turn out really well for you, young lady.


7/26/2005 12:35 PM  
Blogger Paul Glowiak said...

I hope that you are able to find a good attorney, because you got roallay screwed, in my opinion.

I am adding you to my favorites; I hope that things turn out really well for you, young lady.


7/26/2005 12:35 PM  
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7/26/2005 7:28 PM  
Blogger Jenny V said...

Stay strong Jolie!! And do know that there are bigger and better things out there for you. You are an exceptional writer. So funny and so true...not to mention a wealth of beauty info!!

7/26/2005 7:34 PM  
Blogger celikins said...

Things happen for a reason, onto bigger and better things! It's tough not to write about things you are passionate about. Please don't limit your thoughts, even if you don't post them, let them flow naturally.

Best wishes from a new fan.

7/27/2005 3:31 AM  
Blogger Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

The best revenge is being successful...and I think you're on your way!

7/27/2005 9:43 AM  
Blogger Mansfield Park said...

I just discovered your blog through the Barnard community on livejournal. And I've got to've rocked the boat like only a Barnard grad can. When I first read about the bs you had to wade through I fetl terrible, but I really just want to pat you on the back now for your wonderfully, witty and candid writing. The beauty industry is hardly fooling as many people as they think they are. I love reading your blog. Much success to you in the coming years!

8/02/2005 9:03 AM  
Blogger CEO said...

What you did was wrong... it shouldn't be glorified. You took a big risk, and to be honest, it will probably pay off for you in the long wrong. I'm sure you'll get another job offer that you wouldn't have otherwise, and to do that, you betrayed the trust of your company and your coworkers. I'm going to add your feed to my FeedDemon, because I'd like to check on this a year from now to hear whether or not you thought it was worth it.

8/02/2005 11:41 AM  
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8/02/2005 12:22 PM  
Blogger CapeGirl said...

Hey I read about you in People magazine which is really cool. You should keep blogging... it's waht made you famous right? lol.

8/02/2005 12:24 PM  
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