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Donna Kalajian Lagani Joins Hearst Foundations

Hearst today announced that Donna Kalajian Lagani will join the Hearst Foundations after nearly 25 years at Hearst Magazines. Kalajian Lagani had been senior vice president and group publishing director of Hearst Magazines Young Women’s Group, encompassing CosmopolitanSeventeen and Women’s Health. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz. Kalajian Lagani assumes her new role February 4. Her replacement at Hearst Magazines will be named shortly.

“Donna has done an outstanding job leading our flagship magazine brand for more than two decades, and I am thrilled that she has chosen to take the next step in her career journey at the Hearst Foundations,” Swartz said.

The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health and social services. The Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives. Created by William Randolph Hearst, the Foundations are independent, private philanthropies operating separately from Hearst. Since 1945, the Foundations have made over 20,000 grants totaling more than $1.1 billion. 

“Philanthropy is an important part of my life, and this is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Kalajian Lagani said. “I’ve had the absolute best job on the planet for more than two decades, overseeing Cosmopolitan, the most powerful young women’s media brand in the world, and more recently, adding SeventeenWomen’s Health and brand licensing to my purview. Now, after a ‘fun and fearless’ career generating revenue and profits, I feel truly blessed to work with the Foundations and its directors, Paul ‘Dino’ Dinovitz and George Irish. The Foundations’ grants profoundly change people’s lives, and I’m honored to join them to uphold the legacy of William Randolph Hearst and his philanthropic efforts.”   

In a joint statement, Dinovitz and Irish said, “We have known for some time of Donna’s interest in philanthropy and impacting lives for the better, and we’re pleased that she will be joining us, bringing her philanthropic interest and executive talent to the Foundations.”

Kalajian Lagani joined Hearst Magazines in 1995 as publisher of Cosmopolitan and was named publishing director in 1999. She added oversight of Seventeen in 2014 and of Women’s Health in 2018, following Hearst’s acquisition of Rodale. During her career at Cosmopolitan, Kalajian Lagani introduced groundbreaking initiatives, most recently through mobile and artificial intelligence technology. She developed and immortalized the “fun fearless female” mantra used by Cosmopolitan editions worldwide. During her tenure, she helped launch CosmoGIRL! and Cosmo for Latinas, and was a strong force in bringing Cosmopolitan to new platforms, including Snapchat and Sirius XM Radio. 

Kalajian Lagani conceived and produced a Cosmopolitan “takeover” of Times Square on New Year’s Eve in 2015 to celebrate the brand’s 50 birthday and developed the “Fun Fearless Life” conference in New York City to empower young women. She initiated a multi-year brand partnership with the USO and received the organization’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010. Kalajian Lagani also launched the $100,000 Cosmopolitan “Practice Safe Sun” research grant and was honored as a cosmetic industry leader at the prestigious DreamBall in 2005 for her support of the “Look Good Feel Better” program and the American Cancer Society.

Kalajian Lagani sits on the Board of Directors of Circle of Generosity and the Fragrance Foundation. 

THE DOWNS SISTERS

Reiya Downs

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Reiya’s interest in acting started in her early years, as she would perform skits and self-created plays for her family and guests. Reiya’s mother, actress Elle Downs, brought her young daughter with her to auditions and oftentimes casting would invite Reiya in, giving her a seat at the panel, where Reiya sat silent as a bee taking in the performances. At the age of 5, Reiya booked her first feature film, John Singleton’s ‘Four Brothers’ where she played the role of Taraji P. Henson’s daughter, alongside her sister Riele.

In the years to follow, Reiya continued to act for film and television, occasionally booking roles with her younger sister Riele, where they often played siblings in film.  Reiya’s resume continued to build as she worked with the likes of American History X director Tony Kaye, Mark Wahlberg, Terrence Howard and the great Stan Lee. Her credits include roles on VH1s ‘Nikita,’ ‘Regenesis,’ Disney’s ‘Made, The Movie’ and her most current role as strong-willed, no-nonsense Shay Powers on the long-running television series, ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’ as well as now on the Netflix continued series, ‘Degrassi: Next Class.’

In addition to her film work, Reiya garnered television commercial experience, filming ads for several brands including Comcast, Walmart, Children’s Advil and Macy’s.

Reiya strongly values the importance of a stellar education, and continues to be an avid learner and straight-A student while nurturing her acting career.

Riele Downs

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Riele Downs stars in the Nickelodeon hit series ‘Henry Danger’ as Charlotte Bolton, Henry’s ambitious and highly perceptive best friend. Produced by Dan Schneider and now about to enter its fourth season, the show centers around teenager Henry Hart who finds himself the side kick to a superhero, a secret he has to keep from his friends and family. The show has even branched off into an animated series entitled ‘The Adventures of Kid Danger and Captain Man.’  The show is currently airing new episodes until the end of the year.
Riele can be seen next starring in Tiny Christmas alongside Lizzy Green (Nicky Ricky Dicky & Dawn). Nickelodeon’s new movie puts a tiny spin on the year’s biggest holiday as two cousins who get accidentally shrunken must comically work together and overcome massive obstacles to set themselves and their Christmas right. 

Riele was introduced to the industry at the tender age of 4 years old, starting her acting career as Taraji P. Henson’s daughter in John Singleton’s ’Four Brothers.’ She is no stranger to children’s programming as well, guest starring as Kat in ‘Ruby Skye: P.I.,’ Karinna in Disney’s ‘Made, the Movie’ and in her role as Turtle and Rabbit in the award-winning cartoon ‘Peep and the Big Wide World.’

Throughout the years, Riele continued to grace the screen in films such as ‘The Best Man Holiday’ by director Malcolm D. Lee and ‘The Gabby Douglas Story’ as well as roles on TV series such as  ‘Rookie Blue’ and ‘Regenesis.’ 

In her free time, Riele enjoys basketball, gymnastics, rollerblading and sprint running.

 


*Featured image top right shot by Amanda Elkins.

SUMMER 17 STAPLES!!!

Here’s your assignment to having a sizzling in-style summer:

1. Vintage Inspired Sunglasses 

Summer shades are better than ever – retro shapes, tinted lenses and bold prints. 

2. Classic White Sneakers 

Basic white sneakers work with almost everything in your closet – casual to dressy.

3. Summer Graphic Band Tee 

From Metallica to 2Pac, ‘band tees’ are perfect with a pair of trousers and/or a structured blazer for a night on the town.

4. Scooped-Back One-Piece 

The scoop-back swimsuit has made a comeback; and it’s here to stay! Whether it’s paired with your favorite ripped denim shorts or those sleek summer skinny’s coupled with a pair of heels.

5. Raw Hem Denim 

Raw-hems are unquestionably setting trends this season, creating a fresh and bold look. Whether rockin’ pants, shorts or skirts, undone hems make basic denim appear more edgy and daring.  The uneven hem pant look allows you to show off your fashionable kicks as well as show off that summer skin glow. 

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