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How to Succeed in Fashion Without Really Trying: The Bryan Boy Edition

For little girls (and gay boys) all across the country who leaf through the pages of their Vogue's and Elle's and GQ's and Out's, they must be thinking to themselves that to be a fashion editor is a life of unbridled glamour, endless fetes filled with decadent canapes, nightly excursions to the hottest boites, and of course the shopping. As in the bottomless bank accounts and the day-long sprees at Barneys and Bergdorfs and Jeffreys and Opening Ceremony and the like. Well, kiddies, we hate to break it to you, but it just ain't so. Unless you're rrrrrrrrreal high up on the masthead, it's likely you're toiling your days away for pennies and peanuts and the occasional free pocket square. And bloggers? Forget about it! Cyber-gossiping all day from your jammies would never amount to livable wages. Right?

Well, apparently, the new media has taken the old rules and flipped the script. The Cut caught up with the infamous Bryan Boy, who has been blogging long before it was the norm, and apparently he makes big bucks for his opinions. How much? Well, without being specific he revealed more than $100,000. Um...WHAT? He says that most of that comes from ads on page, but he does take money for appearances now that he's somewhat of a well known name in the industry (PS - a quick peek at his site shows that current advertisers are Net-a-porter, Progressive insurance and MasterCard). And while making six-figures was enough to make us seethe with envy in our cubicle, the real kicker is that he and Anna Wintour are friendly with one another. "I approach her during Fashion Weeks, say hi, and she's so wonderful. So for me I don't really understand the whole hullabaloo about how she's this cold icy person. She's been warm and gracious to me." Our hands are shaking with anger as we write this.

He also revealed that while he's based out of the Philippines, hardly a major fashion capital, he's completely content there and has no plans to move. "People are never happy here [New York]. There's this insane drive and ambition and desire to go always up to the next level to the point where they're never happy." But that hunger doesn't just apply to your career, he mentioned. "Even if you're going out with somebody, they're always looking for other hot guys. Everyone is on Grindr, you know what I mean? I have so many gay friends here, and, you know, it's Grindr, Manhunt, Adam4Adam, Craigslist, all these." Oh sister, we hear that.

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