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About Us

Who We Are

At Shape, wellness is for all. Whether you are working toward a specific fitness goal or just hope to feel better and have more energy, our team of writers, editors, personal trainers, and wellness enthusiasts aims to provide science-backed tools and tips to meet you wherever you are in your health journey. Our library of more than 14,000 stories reaches more than 7 million monthly readers, providing expert advice, editor reviews, trend reports, and personal essays all with the goal of inspiring you to take on your next wellness challenge with confidence and enthusiasm. 

What you'll find on Shape.com is just as important as what you won't find. Across the site and on our social platforms, you can expect workouts for all fitness levels, showcasing various body types and abilities, beauty and skin-care advice for a range of skin tones and concerns, approachable, nonjudgemental mental health information, inclusive sexual wellness and sexual health insight, tasty meal hacks and ideas that are about enjoying food without overthinking it, and a Healthy at Every Size (HAES) editorial perspective. 

This is not a place for impossible workouts made only for professional athletes, stigmatized mental health care info, heteronormative sex content, food guilt, nor dangerous or irresponsible weight-loss advice. And we want to hear from you: If you come across any content that conflicts with these editorial ethics and values then please tell us. Email editorial director, Alyssa Sparacino at alyssa.sparacino@meredith.com with your concerns.

The Shape Team

The Shape Squad roster is filled with people who are passionate about the work they do and the stories they tell. Together we are dedicated to making sure that when you come to us with questions you leave with answers. And we always welcome you back because if there's anything to know about health, it's that there's always something more to learn, something new to know. No wellness journey ends just because you crossed one finish line — and we're right beside you, every step of the way.

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Hayley Mason
associate general manager

Hayley has worked in digital media for more than 10 years and has been with Dotdash Meredith since 2019. She started her career writing beauty content and creating makeup and nail videos for the online lifestyle site Divine Caroline, before joining Total Beauty Media, Inc. as an assistant editor. She went on to work in branded content at Refinery29 for three years, then became the beauty director for branded content at Byrdie and Who What Wear. Since then, she has written for and led content strategy at a variety of Dotdash Meredith brands including InStyle, Travel+Leisure, HelloGiggles, SwearBy, and more. Hayley graduated with B.A. degrees in magazine journalism and public relations from Drake University with a concentration in sociology, and she currently resides in New York City. Follow her on Instagram @hayleysmason.

Alyssa Sparacino
editorial director

Alyssa has been with Shape since 2015 in various content roles, most recently stepping in as editorial director in 2022. She's worked in digital media for more than a decade, previously holding editor positions at HGTV Magazine, Health.com, and AOL Health. Prior to that, she completed a features internship with Teen Vogue while attending college at Kent State University in Ohio, where she earned a B.A. degree in magazine journalism. Alyssa holds a personal training certification with the American Council on Exercise and an extremely unofficial certification as an obsessive dog mom to her rescue pup Zoey.

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Christie Calucchia
news editor

Christie joined Shape as the news editor in 2022. She covers celebrity news, fitness, beauty, and wellness trends. Prior to joining the team, she was a lifestyle e-commerce editor at Dotdash Meredith, where she led the e-commerce content strategy for Real Simple, Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, and Martha Stewart Living for more than two years. She has written features for InStyle and was previously the assistant editor at MyDomaine. Christie graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. degree in humanities and journalism. She lives in New York, where she can be found running in the park and trying new workout classes in her free time.

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Elizabeth Bacharach
Elizabeth Bacharach
associate editor

Elizabeth has been an associate editor at Shape since late 2019. Before joining the squad, she was the assistant editor at Women's Health, where she covered mental and sexual health, food and nutrition, and lifestyle topics across print and digital. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Reader's Digest, and more. She earned a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in English literature and Spanish from Bucknell University. Based in New York City, Elizabeth will take advantage of any opportunity to talk about her dog, Franklin, and dreams of becoming best friends with Ina Garten, who is, undeniably, an absolute queen.

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Renee Cherry
staff writer

Renee has been working at Shape since 2017. As a staff writer, she covers beauty, fashion, nutrition, health, and celebrity news. Prior to joining the team, Renee completed an internship at Cosmopolitan and graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

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Genesis Rivas
beauty & lifestyle writer

Genesis is the newest member of the squad team covering a range of topics including beauty, fashion, health, and wellness. Before joining the Shape team, she was a beauty writer for InStyle and REAL SIMPLE. Her work has also appeared on POPSUGAR, PureWow, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, and more. When she's not busy creating content, you can probably find her dancing or eating her way through NYC.

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Megan Falk
assistant editor

Megan has been with Shape since 2019 and covers food trends and nutrition, sustainability, health, fitness, and more. Before joining the Shape Squad, Megan worked as an editorial intern at DoctorOz.com and graduated with a degree in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Her writing has also appeared in Health, SAVEUR, and her hometown's magazine, Hour Detroit.

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Marietta Alessi
social media director

Marietta serves as the brand's social media director but has worked on Shape's social media team since joining the group in 2015. Prior to that, she worked as a digital strategist for brands in the health and wellness space, a writer for various magazines, and led the Her Campus chapter at her college, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She loves memes and puns just as much as saying yes to spontaneous adventures (including a 45-mile race in Africa). In her spare time, you'll find her unplugged making jewelry out of sea glass she finds on New Jersey beaches.

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Akeesha Williams
social media coordinator

Akeesha joined Shape in 2021. She graduated from Penn State University with a degree in telecommunication management and a certificate in business administration. She's always been a social media fanatic, but Akeesha sparked a real passion for wellness when she embarked on her own fitness journey — documenting it along the way on Instagram, of course.

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Alex Sandoval
visuals editor

Alex started at Dotdash Meredith in 2018 as a digital photo editor at Health.com before joining the Shape team as visuals editor in 2020. Previously, she has worked with various NYC-based photographers and completed photo editor internships at NBC Universal and Topic, an entertainment production company. She graduated with a BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Alex has also served as a judge for the American Society of Magazine Editors' National Magazine Awards.

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Joanne Imperio
digital photo editor

Joanne joined Shape as the digital photo editor in 2020 where she helps conceive on-site, social, and e-commerce visuals for the brand. Previously, she worked in the photo and creative departments at advertising agencies and art galleries. Joanne graduated with a BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she currently resides.

Chelsey Hamilton
commerce editorial director

As the editorial director of commerce for beauty, Chelsey oversees news and deals coverage on Shape and InStyle and leads the content direction for a team of commerce writers focused on beauty, style, and wellness. With more than 7 years of experience in the digital editorial space, her work spans a variety of topics including health, beauty, entertainment, and lifestyle. She holds an M.S. degree in digital communications from Syracuse University and a dual B.A. degree in magazine journalism and dance from Temple University in Philadelphia. Chelsey has been with Dotdash Meredith for more than 3 years.

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Chloe Irving
commerce writer

Chloe began writing commerce content for Shape in 2021 after serving as the editorial assistant for the brand's former monthly print magazine. She covers news and deals within fitness, wellness, beauty, and activewear. Chloe graduated from Brown University with a degree in literary arts and is currently based in New York City.

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Julia Sullivan
sponsored editor

Julia has been with Shape since early 2021 as a sponsored editor where she also contributes as a writer. Her work has appeared in various outlets, including Health, Parents, Women's Health, Reader's Digest, SELF, and more. She holds a personal training certificate through the American Council on Exercise, is an amateur powerlifter, and has previously taught indoor rowing and cycling classes in New York City.

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Editorial Guidelines

Editorial Policy and Standards

Shape is committed to the quality and trustworthiness of our content and editorial processes. Our team of writers, editors, illustrators, photographers, and experts rigorously researches and reviews all content on an ongoing basis to ensure it is up to date, accurate, and puts the needs of our readers first.

Each article features a byline that includes the name, a brief description, and a link to more information about those who contributed to that piece. The date indicates when the piece was most recently updated with new information. Some articles also have a tagline at the end to provide additional information on research or authorship.

Original illustrations, graphics, images, and videos are created by internal teams, who collaborate with experts in their fields to produce assets that represent diverse voices, perspectives, and context. Periodic review by editors ensures the quality, accuracy, and integrity of these assets. Photos and videos are not edited in any way that may cause them to be false or misleading.

We correct any factual errors in a transparent manner and strive to make it easy for our readers to bring errors to our attention. Please let us know if you think we have published inaccurate information. Email us at contact@shape.com.

All of our writers, editors, and contributors are responsible for disclosing any potential conflicts of interest.

Our editorial content is not influenced by our advertisers. We maintain a strict separation between advertising and editorial content and clearly differentiate editorial content from advertising content.

Click here for our complete policies on Corrections, Independence and Impartiality, and Originality.

Click here for our policies and processes surrounding product recommendations.

Click here for legal information, including our terms of use, privacy policy, and advertising guidelines.

Diverse Voices

The wellness industry has a longstanding history of catering to a mostly white, thin, cis-gender population. It's a dangerous precedent with ripple effects that can be felt across generations. From health care bias and lack of representation to access and affordability inequities, Black, brown, queer, transgender, and differently-abled folx, as well as those living in larger bodies have often been ignored. While strides are being made, there's so much more work to be done. 

We are committed to using our platforms to elevate marginalized voices and we live by our mission that wellness is for all. As such, we are taking several actionable steps to support anti-racism, representation, and inclusivity on our site and social media platforms:

  • All Shape writers are asked to sign a diversity pledge, which, in part, requires them to make best efforts to include insight from at least one diverse expert source for every assignment, as well as reference inclusive scientific research when applicable.
  • By the end of 2022, 30 percent of Shape's freelance contributors will include BIPOC.
  • As of April 2022, at least 75 percent of all newly published round-ups highlighting influencers, entrepreneurs, and wellness pros will feature BIPOC individuals.
  • As of April 2022, we will include diversity in race, body size, sexuality, age, gender identity, or ability in every six posts within our Instagram feed to ensure you never have to scroll to find diverse representation. 
  • By the end of the quarter, the Dotdash Meredith Anti-Bias Review Board will have reviewed the top 20 percent of our content library.

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About Dotdash Meredith

Shape was founded in 1981 and is part of the Dotdash Meredith publishing family.

Dotdash Meredith, an operating business of IAC,  is the largest digital and print publisher in America. From mobile to magazines, nearly 200 million people trust us to help them make decisions, take action, and find inspiration. Dotdash Meredith's over 50 iconic brands include PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Verywell, FOOD & WINE, The Spruce, Allrecipes, Byrdie, REAL SIMPLE, Investopedia, Southern Living, and more.

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Write for Us

We're always looking for talented journalists and expert contributors to help bolster our mission to create a more equitable, accessible, and approachable culture of wellness. If you'd like to learn more about Shape's pitching guidelines, rates, and content areas of focus, send us a note along with a few recent examples of your work to write@shape.com.