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.
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.
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.”
number of languages she speaks
They’re English (duh) and also Spanish, French and German.
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.
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.
Minimum number of times Andrea meditates per day
Preferably in front of her bedroom windowsill.
Number of plants that stand on said windowsill
They are glossy, drought-friendly succulents.
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.