Kathy Phillips spent seven years at Vogue as Health and Beauty Director. She left this prestigious post a few years ago to pursue various new projects specifically the launch of the natural Beauty Brand This Works. But she still maintains a strong link with Condenast in her current role as International Beauty Director for Condé Nast Asia working with all their titles (Vogue, “W” Self, Vogue Girl and Allure) in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan juggling both responsibilities which call on differing facets of the Beauty industry. For the Asian titles, she plans and directs Beauty shoots, writes articles and oversees the 50-page Beauty sections in China and Japan.
At This Works, as Creative Director and Founder, she is involved in the visual and formulations side of the business including the packaging design, concept and creation of products.
Her long relationship with Condé Nast began in 1992 when she was first Associate Editor and then Beauty Director of Tatler. She is one of very few journalists who are also involved in the visual side of things, not surprising since she spent four years studying Fashion and History of Art at St Martins School of Art before the start of her career. She has styled fashion, beauty editorial and advertising shoots over many years and worked with the very best photographers including Raymond Meier, Carter Smith, Enrique Badulescu, Willy Vanderperre, Nathanial Goldberg, Dan Jackson, Regan Cameron, Miles Aldridge, Solve Sündsbo, Ben Hassett and Richard Burbridge, to name a few.
She has worked for many British magazines and newspapers throughout her career. From having her own weekly page on the Daily Mail, at 23, she has been a columnist for the Mail on Sunday, a commissioning editor on YOU magazine and written for various publications including The Financial Times, The Times, and The Sunday Times, the Saturday Telegraph Magazine, Sunday Telegraph and most recently, Psychologies magazine.
She wrote the “Beauty Guru” column in the Evening Standard and from 2008-2010, the “Beauty Queen” column in Observer Woman magazine.
She has won several Jasmine Awards, the fragrance industry’s top prize for Journalism and a C.E.W Lifetime Achiever Award, recognition from the Cosmetics Industry.
In 1977 she wrote The Vogue Book of Blondes and then edited and co-wrote Vogue Beauty (2000) as well as two best-selling books on Yoga. The most recent of these, The Spirit of Yoga has been translated into several languages and re-issued as a paperback. A new, smaller paperback format was re-printed for August 2005. She has frequently appeared on TV and radio both here and in the US.
Kathy is interested in the serious side of Beauty, Complementary Medicine, Health and Fitness and is often found quizzing doctors, dermatologists, laser specialists, nutritionists and cosmetic surgeons as well as being invited to watch operations and new procedures being performed.
She has been practising Yoga for thirty years and is a qualified teacher.