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Issue-Based Thought Pieces and Career advice:
“An Open Letter to My Younger Self: I Forgive You.”
Renee Cafaro is a freelance writer based in New York City and the US Editor of SLiNK, a plus-size fashion magazine. She started her luxury plus-size style blog, Foxy Roxy, in 2010 and has been published in Yahoo! Travel, NY Post, and several other online outlets.
Prior to her recent career, Renee spent 13 years in City & State politics. She became the youngest senior staff member for then-Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer (pictured above with Scarlett Johansson at a fundraiser Renee hosted in her home). In 2013, she served as his Deputy Political Director in his successful bid for New York City Comptroller against Former Governor Eliot Spitzer.
She joined the Senior Advisors' Unit in New York Governor David Paterson's administration in 2008, the same year NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases diagnosed her with seronegative arthritis. This was an additional diagnosis that she wasn't expecting, as Cafaro had already been searching for a treatment for Fibromyalgia—a chronic pain disorder she has been dealing with since age 11. She has worked very hard to find success in her life and career, but it hasn't always been easy.
Cafaro was 17 and starting her junior year at Stanford University when she found herself struggling with misdiagnoses. To add to her dismay, the school administration dismissed her condition. This eventually led her to quit school before graduation. Despite this setback, the physical hardships, and a general lack of support from the people around her, Cafaro found a way to share her story and help those with the same struggle. Thanks to her optimism and dedication to her newfound purpose, Cafaro soon found the path to success and happiness.
She toured the US as the Arthritis Foundation’s National Honoree raising awareness for invisible diseases. On Capitol Hill, she lent her voice to countless causes, including joining The Creative Coalition to save the NEA from budget cuts and protect the First Amendment. Now, she dedicates her career to helping others find their beauty and confidence while combatting cyberbullying, misogyny, and size prejudice through her writing and speaking engagements. Cafaro will lend a voice to the voiceless and speak her mind in hopes that others will be able to live a better life.