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Hi, I’m L’Oreal and I’m addicted to stories (and cupcakes).

I love reading stories. I love listening to stories. But most of of all, I love writing stories. Truth be told, I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. And that’s not a cliche, I have photographic evidence (please see below).

L'Oreal Thompson Age 4
Honing my interview skills at age 4 with my baby sister

Perhaps my favorite childhood story of all time is one I wrote in elementary school titled “Dinosaurs in Outer Space.” My dad, who’s always supported by craft, encouraged me to list it as a book I’d read on my library’s summer reading list. Not only did I read, I wrote it. Booyah!

And so a love of storytelling was born.

In the early ‘90s, I also “published” my first newspaper, as seen below.

L'Oreal Thompson newspaper

It was a bit morbid (hey, I grew up watching Baltimore news), but it was mine. It was then that I knew I wanted to become a professional writer.

My love for writing continued in high school, where I became editor-in-chief of my both my school’s literary magazine and newspaper. There was also the time I got in trouble for writing the words “big butt” in my column, but that’s neither here nor there. #AllGirlCatholicSchoolProblems

L'Oreal Thompson column

High school is also when I decided I wanted to become a journalist, or more specifically, editor-in-chief of a teen magazine. And not just any teen magazine. I wanted to create the magazine I so desperately needed growing up — a magazine that celebrated diversity of ALL types.

At the time, the early ‘00s pop queens Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson dominated teen magazines. And I, an awkward, curvy Black girl, didn’t see myself reflected in those pages and became determined to do something about it.

Long story short, after several years as a successful, award-winning journalist, I switched careers to nonprofits. To be honest, I’d become burnt out. I didn’t love it anymore. I took a long, hard look at why I’d become a journalist in the first place and remembered it was to empower young women through storytelling, which is what I aim to do with this blog every day.

I don’t have all the answers nor do I “have it all together,” by any stretch of the imagination. Nobody does. And anyone who tells you that she does is lying. My goal here is to help you.

As Isaac Asimov once said, “I write for the same reason I breathe. Because if I didn’t, I would die.” Writing is what I do best. It’s the best way I know to express myself and help others. So I’m glad you’re here. And I’m glad we’re in this together.


P.s. Feel free to drop a note and say “hi” at loreal@ltinthecity.com or tweet me at @LTintheCity!