Singer is the editor and chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and former fashion news director at Vogue.

Singer, daughter of a mathematician father and psychologist mother, grew up in Oakland, California. Her circuitous route to fashion involved an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, a stint in beauty school, and graduate work in American Studies at Yale University. Even in academia Singer felt drawn to fashion, after a childhood spent making her own clothes and poring over Vogue and Interview, dreaming of a career working for Warhol. A self described "dilettante," Singer needed a break from school, and took time off to go into book publishing. She worked as a writer and editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux and the London Review of Books, before being drafted by Alexandra Shulman to be culture editor of British Vogue in the early ‘80s. Singer made her return back to New York to be style director at Elle, then to New York Magazine as fashion director, and finally to Vogue, where she stayed for just over a decade as the fashion news/features director. During her time at Vogue she became a close confidant of the magazine's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour—whom Singer describes as a "fantastic" boss. Singer was recruited for T Magazine in 2010, after Stefano Tonchi (who founded the mag), left for W Magazine.

She is married to Irish author and lawyer Joseph O'Neill. They have three sons together and live in the Chelsea Hotel.

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