What's this? The person who invented the word "Fashionista" is from Philly?
Stephen Fried, the former editor-in-chief of Philly Mag, says he's sorry for inventing the word "Fashionista." In a recent Atlantic piece titled, "I Apologize for Inventing the Word 'Fashionista' 20 Years Ago," the writer chronicles how he invented the word in 1993 when he penned a book titled, Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia. The subject of Fried's book was one of the world's first supers, a beautiful, young model named Gia Carangi, who was born and raised in Philadelphia. After battling an intense drug addiction, Carangi died in 1983 from AIDS-related complications at the age of 26.
Fried, who chronicled the life of Carangi and the makings of the fashion industry in the '70s and '80s, needed a word for the designers, models and people he would encounter for his work. The writer later coined a slang term by adding an "-ista" to the end of fashion.
He writes, "Since I was re-reading a lot of the newspapers and magazines from the period of Gia's supernova career in the late '70s and early '80s, and remembering a lot of coverage of Sandanistas (and a lot of "–ista" jokes among my mag writer friends), I just decided to try it."