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"Stylista" winner Johanna Cox says goodbye to Elle, returns to D.C.

By The Reliable Source

Johanna Cox in CW's "Stylista," 2008. (David M. Russell/CW)

Johanna Cox had an only-in-this-era entry into journalism. Same with her exit.

Two years ago, the D.C. linguist was cast in the reality series "Stylista," competing for a year-long job at Elle magazine. Cox beat out 10 others -- then got hired for real after her year was up. When she left last month ... she bared all on her blog.

Cox had much good to say about Elle ("I was given every editorial first chance I wanted"). But turning 30, she wearied of the "ridiculously low pay, unforgiving schedule, and venomous middle-school antics." She singled out an unnamed "senior person" who "seems to spend most of their time undermining others."

Cox, now back here working for a Georgetown PR firm, told us she was sorry the posting was viewed in the blogosphere as a bridge-burning. Leaving Elle "was like breaking up with a boyfriend that I loved but it wasn't the right thing at the right time," she said. "I really missed Washington. I wanted to come home." (Said a rep for Elle: "We wish her well in her future endeavors.")

By The Reliable Source  | November 12, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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