Cynthia Martens
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Born in Arlington, VA, I spent much of my childhood in Paris, France, and grew up bilingual, speaking both English and French. I began studying Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and during a summer course at the Università per Stranieri di Perugia. 

Following a brief stint as an assistant at Time magazine in Chicago, I moved to Milan, Italy, in 2007 and spent over eight years there, working first for fashion houses Versace, Neil Barrett and Valentino, and later as a correspondent for trade publication WWD. There, I managed the Italian beauty beat and frequently reported on trade, environmental and labor issues in the fashion industry. Among other topics, I covered the struggles of the Italian hosiery and denim industries in the face of competition from Asia; changes in European cosmetics regulations; the squabbles of EU members over 'country of origin' labeling; and the ongoing fight in Prato, Tuscany, to shut down illegally-operating garment warehouses.

After spending a year back in Paris, in 2016 I relocated to New York, where I continue to work as a freelance writer and translator. I am also pursuing a J.D. at Fordham University School of Law.

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