Atoosa Rubenstein

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Atoosa Rubenstein
Born (1972-01-13) 13 January 1972 (age 46)
Tehran, Iran[1]
Known for Magazine editor

Atoosa Rubenstein (born Atoosa Behnegar in Tehran, Iran in 1972) is an Iranian-American magazine editor.[2] She was the editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine and the founding editor of CosmoGIRL!. She is currently the founder of Big Momma Productions, Inc. and[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Her father, Mansoor Behnegar, a colonel in the Iranian air force, moved the family to Queens, New York when she was three. They later relocated to Malverne, on Long Island.[4]

As an undergraduate student at Barnard College, Rubenstein became a public relations intern at Lang Communications, the company that bought Sassy magazine. She worked at Carvel and retail stores to pay her bills. Rubenstein dropped out of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and took night classes to take part in her second magazine internship, which led to a position in the editorial department of American Health magazine.

Honors and awards[edit]

Columbia University honored Rubenstein in 2004 by naming her one of the top 250 alumni through the ages. She was also recognized by the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York as a Woman of Distinction. Rubenstein has been featured in Crain's New York Business "40 Under 40" and Folio's "30 Under 30".

She is a member of the Candie’s Foundation Board of Directors, which helps educate young people about the consequences of teen pregnancy.


In 1993, Rubenstein became a fashion assistant at Cosmopolitan and five years later was made the senior fashion editor. This led to Hearst Magazines president Cathleen Black asking Rubenstein to come up with a concept for a new magazine. Forty-eight hours later Rubenstein presented the idea of CosmoGIRL! and was offered the position of editor-in-chief. This made her the youngest editor-in-chief in Hearst Magazine's 100-year history. Rubenstein went on to make CosmoGIRL! a success with a circulation of 1.25 million readers.[5]

In May 2003, Hearst Magazines bought Seventeen magazine and gave Rubenstein the position of editor-in-chief. Rubenstein quickly went on to reverse a five-year decline in Seventeen’s newsstand sales and delivered total newsstand growth of 23% by the end of 2005.[6]

In the fall of 2005, a series that Rubenstein conceived titled Miss Seventeen, debuted on MTV. The series featured seventeen girls competing for the honor of being Miss Seventeen – a life-changing award that included a college scholarship, an internship at Seventeen, and a cover and spread for the iconic publication. Rubenstein was the Creator and an Executive Producer on the series.

She has also appeared in numerous episodes of the reality show series, America's Next Top Model Season 2. (4 episodes, 2006)

On 7 November 2006, she announced that she would be leaving the magazine to launch her own teen-centered Web business, write a book and start a consulting firm specializing in the youth market. Her replacement is Ann Shoket.

In December 2006, Rubenstein started Big Momma Productions, Inc. after a thirteen-year career with Hearst Magazines.

Personal life[edit]

Rubenstein lives in Manhattan with her husband, Ari Rubenstein. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Global Trading Systems LLC, a stock, commodity and foreign currency trading company.

On 15 August 2008, Rubenstein gave birth to a daughter, Angelika McQueen.[7] She later gave birth to twins.[8]


  1. ^ "NYRM - ATOOSA!". 
  2. ^ Goldman, Andrew (February 14, 2000). "Atoosa, Former High School Loser, Is Hearst's New Cosmogirl Queen". The Observer. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Rosenbloom, Stephanie (4 October 2007). "Calling All Alpha Kitties" – via 
  4. ^ Weinstein, Nola (2007). "image From magazine queen to the MySpace scene". New York Review of Magazines. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Stewart, Dodai. "CosmoGirl: One Of The Smarter Newsstand Choices For Teens". 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  7. ^ "Atoosa Rubenstein Welcomes Daughter Angelika McQueen". 
  8. ^ "Alpha Kitty Atoosa Rubenstein Buys $8.8 M. Pad For Her Expanding Litter". 25 January 2013. 

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