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Emilia Ferrara was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in Massachusetts Avenue Heights and attended the National Cathedral School for Girls. She graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown University where she majored in English, minored in Philosophy and published both op-ed articles and short fiction. Her senior year, she completed an experimental fiction collection, NOT AFTERNOON TEA AND OTHER SHORT STORIES, which was published by Georgetown University and awarded Honors.

During college, Ferrara interned as a journalist for a diverse group of publications around the country. Her assignments covered everything from politics for The Denver Post to music for CosmoGirl! Magazine. She earned a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and continued to live there working for The New York Observer and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. While living in New York, her observations and explorations of the beauty, fashion and magazine industries became the foundation for MAG WORLD, a collection of nonfiction essays critiquing the beauty, fashion and magazine industries.

Ferrara moved back to Washington, D.C. to continue her research at The Library of Congress while also working for Washingtonian. Her insights on the magazine industry and her knack for finding the beating heart of a brand allowed her to aid then Editor-In-Chief Garrett Graff in the magazine’s redesign. 

She began teaching at Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School in 2012. The way the media influenced her students demonstrated a need for a curriculum teaching children of all ages how to have a healthy relationship with cell phones, magazines and beyond. After working as an Associate Teacher in first and second grade, she was invited to design her own curriculum, Media Nutrition. Her curriculum has been featured in lower, middle and high schools across Washington, D.C. 


Before Emilia Ferrara’s journalism career, she danced ballet for ten years and studied under Mary Day. She has performed with The Washington Ballet, American Ballet Theater and The Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit at The Kennedy Center. Ferrara became the Washington Ballet’s first Webre Fellow for Dance Direction and Management where she wrote dramaturgy for Cinderella and The Nutcracker, taught choreography and volunteered in the inner city outreach program, Dance DC.

Her print and online articles have been published in The DiscusThe HoyaThe VoiceCosmoGirl!The Denver PostWashington LifeThe Big Apple PressThe Greenpoint GazetteT: The New York Times Style MagazineThe New York ObserverWashingtonian Magazine and BuzzFeed.