Please Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself: I am Vanessa Coppes

As one of only five Latina women in the U.S. to helm an international magazine, as BELLA’s Editor-In-Chief, I bring the full depth of my diverse background as an immigrant to running my magazine as well as my media company. 

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, at the age of 13 I had a clear vision of working in the magazine business in New York City, but I pursued the more predictable path of becoming a teacher. After graduating college and attending design school there, I taught for several years and loved it, but knew my future held more.  

In 2006, I made the permanent move to the U.S. and was certified to teach in New York but after a bout with postpartum depression, I decided to completely re-invent my life. I struggled through a succession of jobs, and in looking for a creative outlet I focused on my writing for this blog. My love of footwear, and a chance encounter with an executive at Aldo Shoes, landed her a management position at the company, one of the biggest global shoe brands. 

Immersed in the fashion world I created my line of costume jewelry, which landed in the pages of BELLA Magazine™️ in 2009. I was offered a position at the magazine, becaming the Marketing Director as well as the Digital Social Strategist, and was exposed to the entire scope of the magazine business.

In 2019, I was savvy enough to purchase the magazine when it went up for sale and founded the company known as BELLA Media + Co. The print and digital magazine is now an international bi-monthly lifestyle publication focused on fashion, beauty, mind and body, celebrity, philanthropy, arts and culture and travel. With an emphasis on inclusion my team and I aim to push the content boundaries a bit, to allow women to embrace who and what they are. I feel that we in media have a responsibility with the messages that we are sending to young women. BELLA aims to empower and be a positive agent of change. Additionally, there is a digital Spanish language version of the magazine entitled BELLA LATINA, and a print version launching next year. I am responsible for all editorial content, securing brand partnerships and directing a staff of 60.

I also hosts a Facebook Watch TV show entitled Life is BELLA, which brings the pages of BELLA magazine to life along with added exclusive content. I also host the magazine’s podcast called Real Talk with BELLA. 

As the Co-Founder of ETTWomen (Entrepreneurial Think Tank) and the ETTWomen Foundation, I am a passionate advocate of supporting women. Started in 2012, ETTWomen is a networking organization that focuses on providing business skills and resources. The ETTWomen Foundation provides assistance to female victims of domestic violence and emotional, sexual or financial abuse. The foundation offers mentoring programs and educational workshops plus a variety of career, health and wellness services. As a survivor of sexual abuse, I understand the needs of women in crisis and know that the path of the past does not define the future.

I also sit on the Advisory Committee for WOC (Women of Color in Philanthropy). I am the author of the book 5 Steps to Fabulous: Choices for Living Beautifully Inside and Out which deals with surviving sexual assault, alcoholism, and self-destructive behavior. I credit my deep faith for my amazing journey of recovery.

Married, she is the mother of two sons, a Chihuahua and a rescue Pitbull, who all reside in New Jersey and love her Dominican cooking. 

Connect with me on Instagram: @VanessaCoppes | @bellamag.co

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