Cosmo editor Farrah Storr wins King’s Alumna of the Year Award

She said: ‘I never read any of the books’


Farrah Storr, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, has been chosen by the King’s Alumni Awards Selection Committee as this year’s winner of the King’s Alumna of the Year Award.

Only launched in 2018, the King’s Distinguished Alumni Awards recognise the "distinguished" King’s students and alumni who demonstrate outstanding professional achievement, civic leadership, or service to King’s.

So no, you won’t win if you just watch Netflix every day for a year after you graduate.

Farrah told The King's Tab: "I wasn’t the most talented student at King's that’s for sure, nor perhaps was I the most dedicated. But I did love my time at Kings and it did open up my world view in a big way. I’m obviously very chuffed to have won this award… and if Tutus was still open…I'd be celebrating there!"

The letter states she was chosen for the award for "the publishing of [her] book, The Discomfort Zone, being appointed a Social Mobility Commissioner, challenging social conversations and conventions through your work as Editor of Cosmopolitan as well as the many ways [she has] supported the King’s student and alumni community."

In an Instagram post, Farrah said: "I'm so chuffed with this. Mainly because I was rubbish at uni. I never read any of the books, always turned up late to class and spent most of my time doing work experience at magazines! But I loved King's. It brought me to London, taught me how to mix with people from divergent backgrounds and had the best nightclub ever."

Farrah's story goes to show you – even if you're helplessly disorganised and constantly wonder how you even get by day-today as you struggle to remember which class is when, there is hope for you.

Previous winners include Sir Keir Starmer KCB (Law, 1996), elected as Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras in May 2015 and Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU since October 2016, and Dr Katherine Grainger, 2012 Summer Olympics gold medallist, four-time Olympic silver medallist and six-time World Champion, sports ambassador for the country, and a long-standing friend, supporter and Fellow of King’s.

If you’re in your last year at King’s and you don’t feel like you’ve ever been recognised for any real achievements, don’t panic, you’ve got the King’s Alumna of the Year Award as a back up, providing you do something incredible with your life, and don’t just binge watch Friends for the sixth time after you graduate.

Featured image credit: TEDxExeter, via Flickr