Meet the Teacher: Patricia Alfonso Tortolani

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Patricia Alfonso Tortolani is Allure’s contributing editorial projects director — more on that somewhat vague title later. Born in New Haven, Connecticut and raised in Miami, I (switching to the less awkward first person) started working in magazines just after I graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in photography. I started at Allure as the assistant to the editor in chief and worked my way up to senior editor. In 2008, I moved to InStyle as senior beauty editor. For the next four years, I got up close and personal with countless celebrities, from Beyoncé to Tom Brady. Perhaps most memorable were the three days I spent at home with the Kardashian sisters in Beverly Hills and Calabasas to report a story about their closets. (I’m still shocked by what I saw on Kim’s vanity and amazed by what was peeking out from under Khloe’s bed, but it will take three gimlets to convince me to break my NDA.) Soon after, I returned to Allure as beauty director, overseeing the editorial content, visual direction, and massive undertaking that is our annual Best of Beauty Awards.

Now back to my current title. In 2014, my husband and I moved our family to Miami. Rather than leaving Allure, I asked my boss for my dream job (never be afraid to ask for what you want!) and became a full-time contributor, joining the 37 percent of Americans that now work remotely. From my home office in Coconut Grove, I continue to report, write, and edit features for Allure, but most importantly I am an ideas machine, helping to shape the editorial direction of the brand. I also oversee the Allure Beauty Box, our monthly beauty sample subscription program. This is where my shopping, product testing, and trend forecasting skills shine. Every month I work with our business partners to curate a mix of the coolest, most innovative, and effective skin-care, hair, and makeup products. In perhaps what may be the greatest understatement of all time: it’s a dream job.