We are VARIANT
Formerly known as The Scene, VARIANT is the first mass printed fashion magazine at Ohio University. Striving to be bold, deviant and progressive from the norm, VARIANT is a creative movement that inspires to explore the unexplored and break the stereotypical boundaries of fashion and pop culture. VARIANT is both a print and online publication that values diversity and represent all types of cultures and identities in our issues. Our team provides students and contributors with hands-on experience in editorial, photography, videography, modeling, styling, set-design and event planning.
Meet the Team
Madison Salyer / Editor-in-Chief
Madison Salyer is currently a senior studying commercial photography and social media. Before becoming Editor-in-Chief for VRNT, Madison served as the creative director (‘18-‘19) and associate editor (‘19-‘20). Currently, she is also the Creative Director of F.A.C.E.S modeling organization, and a photographer for the Ohio University Art Galleries. When she is not leading her team at VRNT, Maddy is tending to her plants and scoping out the best outdoor spots to take in all nature has to offer.
Jonathan Pierron / Executive Editor
Jonathan Pierron is currently a senior studying integrated media and sociology at Ohio University. With experience in leadership, social media and creative content production, John fills the role of executive editor for VRNT after previously filling the role of head of public relations. Outside of working with VRNT, being a resident assistant and involvement with numerous other student organizations, he enjoys making playlists, styling fun outfits for his Instagram and editing videos. He can be found elsewhere @johnpierron!
Gabriella Hayes / Associate Editor
Gabriella Hayes is currently a junior studying journalism at Ohio University. In addition to her position as associate editor for VRNT, Gabriella also holds the position of assistant copy chief at Backdrop magazine and is a contributor for The Post on campus. She has spent a summer interning on the event staff at the Columbus Radio Group and has also served as social media assistant for Ohio University Undergraduate Admissions.
Sophia Daugherty Munoz / Creative Director
Sophia Daugherty Muñoz is a Senior studying commercial photography and studio art at Ohio University. She served as head of styling for two years at VRNT before becoming creative director. When she is not working on projects for VRNT, Sophia enjoys spending time with her dog Mr. Fox and expanding her creative consciousness.
Ellie Roberto / Copy Chief
Ellie Roberto is a junior studying journalism and marketing at Ohio University. Ellie joined VRNT her freshman year and has gone from being a general body member to an editor, and she currently serves as copy chief. This summer Ellie wrote for Edible Cleveland magazine. She’s currently working in the Ohio University Libraries’ Digital Archives as social media editor.
Grace Dearing / Web Editor
Grace Dearing is currently a senior studying journalism at Ohio University. In addition to her position as web editor for VRNT, Grace has also served as managing editor and associate editor for Backdrop magazine on campus. She has spent the last three summers interning for Cincinnati Magazine and Cincinnati CityBeat, and when she is not working on projects for VRNT, she spends her free time running Freely Femme, a women’s empowerment lifestyle blog.
Margaux Augier / Copy Editor
Margaux Augier is currently a sophomore from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, majoring in journalism and Spanish at Ohio University. In addition to her position as a copy editor for VRNT, Margaux also serves as the Vice President of Member Development for her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta, and works as a tour guide on OU’s campus. When she’s not editing blogs and articles for VRNT, Margaux spends her time playing tennis with friends, sketching portraits in her notebook, or enjoying her favorite foods on Court Street
Farah Chidiac / Copy Editor
Farah Chidiac is currently a senior studying Criminology-Sociology at Ohio University. She is also minoring in Screenwriting and Digital Storytelling and pursuing three certificates: Social Media, War and Peace Studies, and Technology and Society. In addition to her position as copy editor for VRNT, Farah is also the President and Founder of the Astrology club and the Public Relations Director for Delta Gamma. She has a deep appreciation for different cultures and a love for travel and cats. In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and reconnecting with her family abroad.
Olivia Dutkewych / Head of Publication Design
Olivia Dutkewych is a junior at Ohio University majoring in publication design with a minor in studio art. Along with being head of pub design at VRNT, she is vice president of club gymnastics at OU.
Kate Bender / Photo Chief
Kate Bender is currently a junior at Ohio University. She has been studying commercial photography as her major, a minor in marketing and is working toward a certificate in social media. On campus, she is apart of VRNT as its photo chief. She is also apart of the Chi Omega sorority and is in charge of social media content and creating t-shirt designs for events. She has spent time interning in South Carolina by working with an event planning company called Queen Bee Event Planning Company. When she’s not with VRNT, she is constantly doing freelance work and supporting her non profit organization that she co-founded called Rachel’s Angels.
Kailee Richey / Photo Editor
Kailee Richey is a junior commercial photography student at Ohio University. She loves beauty and fashion photography and retouching work and has been involved in both VRNT and Thread fashion magazines, serving as the photo retoucher for VRNT and the web editor / photographer for Thread. Through Ohio University, her photography has taken her to places such as Shanghai and Los Angeles for various photo related jobs and internships.
Oliver Gordon / Photo Assistant
Oliver Gordon is currently a junior studying Graphic Design at Ohio University. When not working on projects for VRNT, he spends his time taking film photography or reading.
Elliot Magenheim / Digital Tech
Elliot Magenheim is currently a junior studying commercial photography and has spent the past three years working for VRNT.
Johanna Antonuccio / Head of Makeup
Johanna Antonuccio is a senior majoring in retail merchandising andfFashion product development and minoring in business administration and marketing. Johanna has created makeup looks for Columbus Fashion Week in Columbus, Ohio, and has been head of makeup at VRNT for two years. In addition to makeup, Johanna is the social media manager for all of Ohio University Multicultural Center’s social media accounts, and has worked as a stylist for multiple retail stores.
Aeden Grothaus / Head of Styling
Aeden Grothaus is a third year at Ohio University studying retail merchandising and fashion product development and is currently the head of styling for VRNT. When he’s not spending time getting outfits together for the photo shoots, Aeden is usually found shooting film photography or playing guitar.
Jordan Schmitt / Head of PR
Jordan Schmitt runs the social media team for VRNT. She is a junior studying Journalism in the E.W. Scripps School of Communication. She is also pursuing a minor in sociology as well as a Diversity Studies Certificate. As Head of PR, Jordan aims for the team to test the boundaries of fashion, culture, and art, increase representation, create a forum for discussion and understanding and cultivate VRNT as a brand.
Ashlyn Ansel / Head of Advertising
Ashlyn Ansel is currently a sophomore studying marketing at Ohio University. While she serves as the head of advertising for VRNT, she also is the director of funds for Delta Gamma and a member of the Schey Sales Centre. Ashlyn enjoys being involved on campus and giving back to others through events such as BobcaThon’s 12-hour dance marathon. She also serves as a morale captain for BobcaThon where she gets to choreograph dances as well as boost spirits throughout the 12-hour event.
Lily Roby / Co-Head of Event Planning
Lily Roby is currently a junior studying journalism at Ohio University. On top of being co-head of event planning for VRNT, Lily is also the copy chief of Backdrop magazine and staff writer for the culture section of The Post. When she isn’t writing for student publications, she’s usually found hiking, tending to her plants or hanging with friends.
Cydnee Livingston / Co-Head of Event Planning
Cydnee Livingston is currently a junior at Ohio University, studying communications with minors in PR & advertising and retail merchandising & fashion product development. Cydnee is the Co-head of event planning for VRNT and has also done publications for BSCC and PR for Thread Magazine. Cydnee’s leisure activities include thrifting, styling, makeup, and writing. Her socials are @cyd_theedawn for Instagram and Twitter!
Emma Herzig / Treasurer
Emma Herzig is a senior at Ohio University studying marketing and business analytics. She serves as the treasurer for both VRNT and Ohio University Multimedia Society. This past summer she was a digital marketing intern at a marketing agency in Pittsburgh, called RedShift. She enjoys hiking, reading, working out and catching up on current fashion trends in the industry.