Alexis Dent

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Alexis Dent
Alexis Dent in 2015
Dent in 2015
BornTemplate:Birthdate and age
ResidenceBuffalo, New York U.S.
NationalityAmerican
EducationIthaca College
OccupationAuthor
Essayist
Poet
Years active2010-present

Alexis Dent (born April 25, 1993)[1] is an American author, essayist and poet.[2] She is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Miss Information, a web publication focusing on issues relevant to young women. In 2015 she received a Women in Leadership Award from Women, Inc.'s Buffalo, New York, chapter for her work establishing the site.[3]

Early life and education[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Dent was born in Buffalo, New York, and developed a passion for writing during early childhood.[2]

In 2010, under the pseudonym Alexis McKenzie, Dent launched Bieber Heiress,[4] a blog that was dedicated to singer-songwriter Justin Bieber.[5][6] The blog was best known for being the first to report that Bieber was dating singer and actress Selena Gomez.[7][8] Dent's claim was refuted by multiple sources[9][10] but later proved to be true.[11]

Dent graduated from Ithaca College with an Integrated Marketing Communications degree.[2] After working in managerial marketing roles for a few years,[2] Dent "retired from corporate life" at age 24[12] to pursue a writing career.[2]

Career[edit | hide | edit source]

The Miss Information[edit | hide | edit source]

Dent founded and ran The Miss Information, a web publication aimed at young women, from January 2014 to 2017.[13][14][15] Content included dating advice, self-care and healthy recipes, and the site partnered with the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders to raise awareness about eating disorders.[13]

Writing contributions[edit | hide | edit source]

In 2016, Dent began working as a freelance essayist. Dent has contributed to The Washington Post,[16][17] HuffPost,[18] Harper’s BAZAAR,[19] Glamour,[20] Marie Claire,[21][22] SELF,[23] BRIDES,[24] Refinery29,[25] Greatist,[26] BET.com,[27] Elite Daily,[28] Medium,[29] Brit+Co[30] and On She Goes.[31]

Dent often writes about the intersection of pop culture and politics. In February 2017, Marie Claire published a piece from Dent that likened President Donald Trump to Professor Dolores Umbridge, a character from fiction series Harry Potter, claiming that they shared propensities for humiliation, violence and abuse of power.[21] In June 2018, Harper's BAZAAR published a piece from Dent that compared President Donald Trump's immigration policy to an episode of the television series The Handmaid's Tale in which a mother is separated from her child.[32]

Dent has been open about her struggle with an anxiety disorder, having written about it for both Medium[33] and Greatist.[34]

Dent frequently writes about the role race plays in society and her personal life. In a June 2017 Marie Claire piece, she claimed that members of the Kardashian family have profited from black appropriation.[22] The Washington Post published a piece from Dent in December 2016 about the guilt black women can feel when dating outside of their race[35] and BET.com published a piece from Dent about the challenges she faced while in an interracial relationship.[27] Dent has also written about relationships for publications including The Washington Post[36] and Elite Daily.[37]

XO Juliet[edit | hide | edit source]

In 2017, Dent launched XO Juliet, a wedding vow writing service.[38] Dent developed the idea when she attended friends' weddings and noticed that most opted for custom vows in lieu of traditional ones.[39] Dent says that, “After two of my friends in separate relationships asked for me to edit their vows and help write them, I thought, maybe there’s something here. Because I am a writer for a living, I thought it was a natural synergy.”[39]

Controversy[edit | hide | edit source]

Dent drew attention in August 2017 for a tweet accusing Taylor Swift, Lauren Duca, Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer of being “fake feminists.”[40] Dunham responded, “Only responding because I was sad to see such a hostile tweet from someone whose work and presence I appreciate and connect to,”[41] which resulted in a conversation between Dent and Dunham that ended amicably.[41]

In October 2016, Sports Illustrated writer Robert Klemko claimed he saw Dent tackle a Colin Kaepernick dummy during a San Francisco 49ers vs. Buffalo Bills football game in response to someone yelling “Tackle the Muslim!”[42] Dent refuted Klemko's accusation in an open letter.[43] Klemko sent Dent an apology in February 2018.[43]

Selected works and publications[edit | hide | edit source]

References[edit | hide | edit source]

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  3. "Alexis Dent - August 2015 Woman in Leadership Honoree". NYS Women Inc Buffalo Niagara Chapter. Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  4. "Adrian Chen on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  5. "Welcome to the non-stop Justin Bieber news cycle | The Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  6. Chen, Adrian. "Inside the Weird World of Justin Bieber Micro-Gossip". Gawker. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  7. "Justena: Tonsil Hockey?". Bieber Heiress. 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  8. Staff, Hollywood Life (2010-12-28). "Were Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber Caught Kissing On Camera? YOU Be The Judge!". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  9. "Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez Kissing Photo Is Fake, Rep Says". MTV News. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  10. WEISS, SHARI. "Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez caught kissing? Picture is a fake: rep - NY Daily News". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  11. Rosa, Christopher. "A Complete Timeline of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber's Relationship". Glamour. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  12. "Why I Left The Corporate World At Age 24". Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Pasceri, Joanna (2015-09-10). "Buffalo woman launches positive self-image website". WKBW. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  14. "Alexis Dent - August 2015 Woman in Leadership Honoree". NYS Women Inc Buffalo Niagara Chapter. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
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  20. Dent, Alexis. "It's Time for Taylor Swift to Admit She's Earned Her Reputation". Glamour. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Dolores Umbridge and Donald Trump Are the Same Person". Marie Claire. 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  22. 22.0 22.1 "It's Not Just Kylie Jenner—These 5 Kardashian Enterprises Have Been Appropriated from Black Culture". Marie Claire. 2017-06-14. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
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  27. 27.0 27.1 "Commentary: I'm in an Interracial Relationship and Here's How the Film 'Loving' Inspired Me". BET.com. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
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  32. "We Are Gilead". Harper's BAZAAR. 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
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  34. "I Looked Healthier Than Ever, but Inside, I Was Fighting to Feel Normal". Greatist. 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
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  37. Dent, Alexis. "I Redid My Engagement Just Like Cardi B & Offset — Here's Why". Elite Daily. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  38. "7 Tips for Writing Totally Tear-Jerking Vows". brides. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
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  40. "Alexis Dent on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  41. 41.0 41.1 "Lena Dunham on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
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