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Farrah Storr

Farrah Storr (French & English Literature, 2001) is Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, the UK’s biggest female media brand. She was also the founding editor of Women’s Health magazine. Her book, Step Into Your Discomfort Zone, is being published by Piatkus in September 2018.

Favourite book?

Books are a bit like romantic partners – you need to encounter them at the right point in your life in order to really click. I read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton at age 13 and it’s still one of my favourite books of all time.

Favourite place?

There’s a cottage in the Scottish wilderness that my husband, my two dogs and I travel to every Christmas. We eat lots, wear bad clothes and see no one for days on end. It is bliss.

Treasured childhood memory?

When I was five, my mother, my two siblings and I took the seven-hour train journey from Manchester to Cornwall. When the train stopped on the way, my brother and I looked out of the window and saw three grown-ups in shorts, red knee-high socks and enormous hiking boots. We’d never seen anything like that before and laughed all the way down to St Ives. Ironically, I don’t look a lot different when I go rambling with my dogs nowadays – although no knee-high socks you’ll be glad to hear.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Make yourself some rules. Stick to them. Hold yourself accountable if you don’t conform to them. Have an idea of both who you are and who you would like to be, and keep on track.

Your big break?

Launching Women’s Health. The company took a risk on me. I was an unknown editor with no track record. But the magazine was also unknown. We had a team of three, little money and to launch properly we needed to sell over 100,000 copies on issue one. We sold 103,000 copies and it went on to be the most successful women’s magazine launch of the last 15 years.

Your advice for the workplace?

Don’t be defined by anything other than the quality of your work and the professionalism with which you treat those above and below you. That’s not a mantra for women – that’s a mantra for everyone.

Standout memory of King’s?

Where to start?! Dancing on the stage at Tutu’s [the club at the Students’ Union]; going to Paris for my year abroad and feeling so nervous speaking French that I couldn’t even ask for a loaf of bread. People thought I was mute for the first three weeks. It was a chaotic and wonderful time.


See Farrah this September

Join us when we will be In Conversation with Farrah Storr on Friday 21 September 2018 in Bush House. Farrah will tell us all about her time at King's and her fantastic career. She'll also share her top tips on how to get what you want by living fearlessly.

Keep up to date with Farrah:

Instagram: @farrahstorr
Twitter: @Farrah_Storr


This article is from the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of InTouch, your alumni magazine.