Kim Hastreiter to Receive a CFDA Award!

We here at PAPER are tickled pink to announce that our very own co-founder Kim Hastreiter will be receiving a Eugenia Sheppard Award at this year's CFDA Fashion Awards in June. The award recognizes fashion journalists "whose exceptional creativity has shaped fashion visually." Previous winners have included Robin Givhan, Bruce Weber, Cathy Horyn and Andre Leon Talley

Kim's reaction to the award might best be summed up by the OMG necklace she wore to the announcement of the awards. She says, "I never expect to win anything so it's surprising but flattering that people would be interested in my sideways take on fashion." Kim calls herself an enthusiast of creativity, design and rule-breaking. "I think there's amazing talent out there." This recognition inspires Kim to continue showcasing the great talents of the fashion world in PAPER Magazine and 

Kim was "discovered' by photographer Bill Cunningham when she was an artist working at a clothing store to make extra money. Cunningham admired her style and suggested her for a job at the SoHo Weekly News. It was there that Kim met David Hershkovits with whom she would launch PAPER Magazine in 1984. PAPER's mission from the start was to shine a light on the under-appreciated talents of the downtown style and art scene. Kim's coverage of young talents like Isabel Toledo, Marc Jacobs and Isaac Mizrahi made PAPER a must-read publication for fashion addicts everywhere. 

Over the years Kim has curated a cavalcade of PAPER style events including a three-day showcase of young talents in Bryant Park entitled the Lab, Launch Pad and Lounge (which featured such designers as Geoffrey Beene and Rick Owens); the PAPER Project Series at Deitch Gallery; the $99 Store at Art Basel; and the Fashion Mobile, a day of outreach for young designers to show PAPER editors their wares. The first installment attracted hundreds of hopefuls including Doo.ri and Jeremy Scott. In 1995, PAPER launched its website and Kim's style coverage reached a new global audience -- winning a Webby Award for Best Fashion Site.

Congrats, Kim!

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