Backstory: Born in London, Shaffer moved to the U.S. as a baby when her mom landed the plum job of Vogue editor. (Her dad is David Shaffer, who is currently chair of the child psychiatry department at New York-Presbyterian.) Bee's parents divorced when she was 12 following the revelation that her mom was cheating on her dad; she spent her high school years dividing her time between her parents' respective townhouses while attending Spence. She hadn't even graduated when she landed her first media job: At 17, her mom named her a contributing editor at Teen Vogue. She continued to follow in her famous mom's footsteps while enrolled as a student at Columbia, writing a semi-regular column for London's Daily Telegraph called "New York Notebook" in 2006, and interning at New York magazine during the summer of 2007. She graduated Columbia in the spring of 2009 and took a job that fall at College Humor—the fratboy website now owned by Barry Diller's IAC media conglomerate—as College Humor co-founder Ricky Van Veen's assistant.
Of note: Thanks to her mother's place in the media/fashion/social universe, Bee has become a fixture on the social scene in recent years, much like fellow fashion scion Julia Restoin Roitfeld, daughter of French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld. So what's it like to be the daughter of the fashion world's most powerful figure? Not half bad. When she attended the Costume Institute Ball a few years back, Karl Lagerfeld personally designed her lovely little Chanel number. When she decided she wanted a pretty portrait of herself, she didn't have to bother with a cheapo digital camera. She called Mario Testino, who happily popped over from London to set up his tripod.
For the record: Her real name is Katherine. So why Bee? She says she couldn't pronounce her name as a kid, but she could say "Bee," which is what everyone soon started calling her.
Personal: Bee's boyfriend these days is Jake Hurwitz, a comedy writer who does work for College Humor. She lives in the Village.
Full Name: Katherine E. Shaffer
Date of Birth: 07/31/1987
Place of Birth: London, England
High School: Spence
Undergrad: Columbia University
Residence: NYC (West Village)
Filed Under: Socialites, Famous Kids
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