Andrea Garcia-Vargas

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Biography

    Andrea Garcia-Vargas has the faintest accent, almost unplaceable — until you learn that she’s a Colombian native who’s lived all over the world. Not only is she a master strategist and maker-of-marketing magic, Andrea is a writer and editor. She’s had bylines in Nerve, Bustle, Vice and Refinery 29, among other outlets. And she currently serves as executive managing editor of The Offing, a literary zine that highlights work by writers and artists from marginalized communities.

    Andrea’s dream? To become a media and digital marketing consultant, while freelancing, while writing a short-story horror collection that features queer characters of color. While wearing Viva Glam red lipstick, of course — because a femme identity can be powerful, indeed. 

    3

    number of years she could see the Alps from her window. 

    Born in Bogotá, Andrea immigrated to Ohio (yes, Ohio) as a baby. But she attended middle school in Switzerland. 

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    number of majors she took on at Columbia University.

    They were English and Creative Writing — but Andrea spent gads of time at the university’s newspaper, The Daily Spectator. She was editorial-page editor and, later, sex-advice columnist, writing under the nom de plume “C.U.in Bed.”

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    number of languages she speaks

    They’re English (duh) and also Spanish, French and German. 

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    jobs Andrea held before joining OZY

    At Upworthy, she learned how addictive chasing numbers — and changing hearts and minds — can be. At Discovery, she worked on the audience strategy for the YouTube show Seeker Daily, and helped earn a Shorty Award nomination and props from the Webby Awards. 

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    number of hair colors Andrea has arguably had over the past 18 months

    It started with purple, which faded to blue and then to “mermaid blue-green.” Andrea got a buzz cut. When that grew out, she dyed it pink, which faded to orangey-blonde and then out, leaving her with natural brown hair. Now she seems to have blonde highlights. She’s trying hard to figure out her next color.

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    Minimum number of times Andrea meditates per day

    Preferably in front of her bedroom windowsill.

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    Number of plants that stand on said windowsill

    They are glossy, drought-friendly succulents.

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    Things Andrea is passionate about 

    We all contain multitudes, right? For Andrea, the list includes Oxford commas; social justice; LGBTQ equality; supporting survivors of sexual assault; reading; El Rio, a queer bar in San Francisco; and the possibility that femininity can be empowering.

     

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