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“So much of my personality has been embracing my story. And if you embrace your story, then that's where you get your power,” says Eva Chen, Instagram’s Head of Fashion Partnerships. “I read a lot of X-Men comic books growing and when you think about the mutants, their differences were their super strengths. What makes you unique is actually what makes you better,” says Chen, who credits her authenticity as the “ultimate arc” of her expansive career.
As one of fashion’s most well-connected insiders, Chen has helped transform how industry influencers engage communities, a natural evolution of her success in the worlds of fashion and beauty magazines. The former Lucky editor-in-chief boasts over one million Instagram followers and has been a force on the platform since its inception, winning the engagement game through her refreshingly honest approach to sharing the many facets of her life, from her children’s sleepless nights to her favorite pizza spot in New York City.