Cosmopolitan Magazine Accessories Editor
Nicole is the funny and quirky Cosmopolitan + Seventeen Magazine Accessories Editor. You might have also caught her on the new hit reality show, So Cosmo (E! 9pm EST). Nicole grew up as an only child, and she admits that shaped her into the person she is today. However, Nicole was far from the spoiled only child you might envision. She spent her days reading magazines and imagining herself chasing her dreams in New York. After college at the University of Florida, Nicole left her small town in South Florida and headed to NYC, alone with no job! She freelanced, interned, hustled, and worked at a restaurant to pay her bills, until she found a position in the PR Department at Tommy Hilfiger and then Cosmo Magazine. Nicole started from the very bottom, working in the fashion closet as a freelance assistant, but was eager and determined to get her foot in the door and show she was cut out for Cosmo. Nicole has managed to stay in the tumultuous magazine world for 6 years and worked her way up! Now, she is the Accessories Editor of both Cosmo and Seventeen Magazines, plus as of 2017, she is also a contributor to the new Women's Group of Hearst Magazines that include Good Housekeeping, Women's Day, and Redbook.
Nicole attributes her success to taking a risk and doing anything and everything she could to turn it into a success. Nothing was handed to her. Every door she opened for herself. Once ‘in the door,’ she worked very hard, kept her head up during challenging times (because we all have those!), and stayed humble, patient, and kept a sense of humor. Because at the end of the day, fashion is really very fun. You go Nicole!! Learn more about Nicole and her Woman Warrior ways below.Nickname | Fineo!
Social Media Handle | @NicoleFineo
Birthdate | 5/5/87
3 words that describe you best | ambitious, neurotic, humorous
1 interesting thing about you | I am the only child! I can usually spot another only child when I meet someone new. It made me tremendously independent, a little quirky, and sometimes a little self involved, too.
What does it mean to you to be a Woman Warrior? | To create your own path, find drive and motivation from within, and continue to move forward without the need for validation from those around you (family, friends, colleagues). (Easier said than done!!) It’s important to have a strong support system, but at the end of the day only you know what is truly best for you. Seeking validation from others will keep you trapped. Achieve the goals that are important to you, FOR you, no matter how big, small, trivial or life changing that they may be.
What inspires you to be a Woman Warrior? Accountability!! | I’ve been in New York for almost 8 years now, and I came here completely by myself after college, without any family, very few contacts (and even fewer funds!). At that point, it was a matter of survival in New York. The city is so sink or swim — and being on my own in this way, I only had myself to blame/support/motivate. I still have that mentality, and I’m inspired to constantly be better each year, for myself. To continue to be accountable for my decisions (good and bad), and grow as a person every year.
Who are other Women Warriors that you look up to? | Hands down my mother. We fight like sisters, but at the end of the day we are SO similar and there is no one in the world who loves me more, or that I love more. I wouldn’t have the drive that I do without the example I had of a strong, motivated female who defined what it means to me to go after your goals. Growing up, I always saw that she didn't depend on anyone, and many times, didn't have anyone to depend on in the first place. My mother is one of five children, and grew up with little opportunity, never went to college and had her fair share of challenges in life. She always had the will to find a way to reach her goals and truly make something out of nothing for me growing up. She is the strongest person I know, and the older I get, the more thankful and grateful I am for the example I had.
If you could wish one thing for all Women Warriors, what would it be? | Don't just post on social media about supporting other women — actually do it! It starts with how you treat those around your day to day. Your receptionist at the doctor’s office, your waitress, the barista, your team at work. No Nobody is too busy or too important to be genuinely kind to someone. We all can motivate, encourage, and lift up one another. Not just our “inner circle,” and not just those you think may help you to get ahead.
How are you inspiring others to be Women Warriors? | Mentorship, kindness, and being genuinely open to helping and encouraging those around me. Nothing makes me happier than sharing knowledge with my friends, colleagues, etc. and getting insight from them back. At the end of the day, we’re all in this together. No one’s life is perfect, and we all have flaws, good days, embarrassing moments, and best-days-ever. Being vulnerable and honest with each other about our challenges can only unite and encourage us in finding solutions, humor, and motivation.