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We are VARIANT

Formerly known as The Scene, VARIANT is the first mass printed fashion magazine at Ohio University. Striving to be bold, deviant and progressive from the norm, VARIANT is a creative movement that inspires to explore the unexplored and break the stereotypical boundaries of fashion and pop culture. VARIANT is both a print and online publication that values diversity and represent all types of cultures and identities in our issues. Our team provides students and contributors with hands-on experience in editorial, photography, videography, modeling, styling, set-design and event planning.

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Meet the Team

Margaux Augier / Editor-in-Chief

Margaux Augier is currently a senior from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, pursuing a degree in journalism in Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial college. While also studying Spanish and marketing, she is passionate about the intersectionality between fashion, culture and business. Since freshman year, Margaux served on the Executive Board as the Copy Editor and Associate Editor prior to earning her current role as Editor in Chief.

Anna Birk / Executive Editor

Anna Birk is a senior from Northeastern, Ohio who will be graduating with a Journalism degree specifically focused in Environmental Health and Women and Gender Studies. Anna is passionate about multimedia communications, culture, and global issues topics. This is Anna’s second year on the executive board at Variant and was previously the Copy Editor.

Bekah Bostick / Associate Editor

Bekah Bostick is a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, pursuing a degree in Journalism on the News and Information track with a focus on Women Gender Studies and French. She is passionate about music, social justice issues, the outdoors, and Harry Styles. This is Bekah’s first year on VRNT’s exec board but she is very excited to help with editorial and she hopes to one day work for The Rolling Stone magazine.

Cydnee Livingston / Creative Director

Cydnee Livingston is currently a senior at Ohio University, studying communications with minors in PR & advertising and retail merchandising & fashion product development. Cydnee is the Creative Director for VRNT and is involved in other organizations on campus. She is the PR Chair for F.A.C.E.S modeling, which encourages all members embrace a positive self-esteem and body image, while educating members on basic modeling techniques. Cydnee’s leisure activities include thrifting, styling, makeup, and writing. You can find Cydnee on Instagram @cyd_theedawn!

EDITORIAL

Max Abbatiello / Web Editor

Max Abbatiello is a junior studying Journalism at Ohio University. Max got involved with Variant this year and is also the president of the OU Cryptocurrency Club. He works as a retail assistant for West 82 during the week and cooks for the Pub on weekends. In his free time Max enjoys reading and listening to music.

Madison Kopp / Copy Chief

Madison Kopp is a senior at Ohio University from Cleveland, Ohio. She is studying journalism on the News and Information Track. In addition to being the copy chief for VRNT, Madison had been the web editor last year and is also a member of Delta Zeta sorority. She is interested in entertainment journalism and working for E! Network after graduation.

CREATIVE

Olivia Dutkewych / Head of Publication Design

Olivia Dutkewych is a senior at Ohio University studying publication design and studio art. She joined Variant her freshman year and is now head of publication design. In addition to her position at Variant, she is president of club gymnastics at Ohio University. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, concerts and hanging out with friends.

Emma Friend / Photo Chief

Emma Friend is a junior studying Commercial Photography at Ohio University. She worked on Variant for the first time last year as a photographer and is excited to work as Photo Chief this year. When she’s not working or doing homework, she likes to read, watch tv & movies, and hang out with her friends!

Madeline Melragon / Photo Editor

Madeline Melragon is currently a Junior at Ohio University and is pursuing a degree in commercial photography. She is passionate about creating art, thrifting, and live music. This will be Madeline’s second year on the Variant team, but her first year on the executive board, and is extremely excited for what’s to come!

Madison Bailey / Art Director

Madison Bailey is a senior in Retail and Fashion Merchandising from Zanesville, Ohio. Madison is currently obsessed with personal styling, trend prediction, the Barragán S/S ‘23 runway, and wearing gold rings. Follow her on insta @geminisgonewild if you want to see fashion stuff she finds interesting.

Evie Sears / Head of Digital Tech

Evie Sears is a junior at Ohio University and has been with the magazine since her freshman year. Currently she is studying Commercial Photography but is also hoping to get into videography. After graduation, she hopes to work in the fashion industry hopefully with a magazine! If she’s not out taking pictures, Evie loves hanging out with her friends or going to a dance class.

Olivia Lutz / Head of Video

Olivia Lutz is currently a sophomore from Zanesville, Ohio, pursuing a degree in Media Arts Production. While also studying music, Olivia is very passionate about social media, fashion, and video editing. This is Olivia’s first year on the Executive Board and is excited for the future of Variant. 

Jack Wilburn / Head of Makeup

Jack Wilburn is a sophomore from Bellevue, Kentucky, who is studying Classics with the Honors Tutorial College. He is passionate about fashion and makeup, especially as they relate to history and culture. This is Jack’s first year on the Variant executive board and he is thrilled to help the team execute the creative makeup vision.  

 

Katie Johnson / Head of Styling

Katie Johnson is a Junior from Heath, Ohio majoring in Communications while also studying Journalism. She is passionate about all things creative, which sparked from her mother’s use of creativity through music and art, along with her professional seamstress grandma’s talents that Katie spent a lot of time around. This is Katie’s second year with Variant, she spent her first year doing Public Relations. 

MARKETING

Abby Lindley / PR Director

Abigail Lindley is a Junior from Cincinnati, Ohio doubling majoring in Outdoor Recreation & Education along with Publication Design. She is passionate about multimedia, art, and the outdoors. This is Abigail’s second year with Variant, and first year on the executive board.

Maddie James / PR Associate

Maddie James is a junior double majoring in History and Visual Communication – Publication Design. Outside of class, she has two jobs as a technician doing lights and sound for university events and digitizing documents from Alden Library’s archives. Maddie has been a member of Variant since her freshman year, as a member of the Publication Design and PR departments.

Ella Calhoun / Head of Event Planning

Ella Calhoun is a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio pursuing a Commercial Photography degree and a marketing minor. This is her first year working with Variant as the Head of Event Planning. She is passionate about photography and communications, and can’t wait to see what she can bring to Variant this year.

Taylor Strnad / Treasurer

Taylor Strnad is a second year graduate student in the MSJ program. Prior to Ohio she completed her undergraduate degrees in Communications and Psychology at the University of Indianapolis. She is passionate about social media, sports, writing and all things digital content. This is her first year on the Executive Board for Variant Magazine.