Hazel Cills

I'm a culture writer and journalist based in New York.

Currently I'm the pop culture reporter at Jezebel. Previously, I covered music for MTV News. I was a founding staff writer of the now defunct website Rookie, an online magazine for teenage girls, and my writing appears in all three of the Rookie Yearbooks

My writing about music, film, culture, and feminism, has appeared in/on The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Grantland, The New York Times Magazine, and more. I have been invited to speak at New York University, Georgia Gwinnett College, and Grand Valley State University. 


I tweet here. Reach me at hazelcills@gmail.com.

Selected clips:


The Rise and Fall of the Pop Star Purity Ring Jezebel

'How Many Stories Can You Write About Rape?': 20 Years of Law & Order: SVU Jezebel

Shattering the Myth That Women Rappers Are More Expensive to Sign Than Men Jezebel

At UNTUCKit, Clothes Make the Man, and the Man Needs Help Jezebel

Boymom: How a Parenting Term Became a Pinterest Sensation Jezebel

Does the Museum Model Work? Jezebel

As Drag Becomes More Popular Than Ever, Drag Kings Refuse to Be Ignored Jezebel

Can AI Make Musicians More Creative? MTV News

The Rising Gore Girls of Instagram Jezebel

School Shootings and the Cheerily Gruesome World of DIY Classroom Prep Jezebel

Stronger Than Yesterday: The History of the All-Women Gym Jezebel

Blood and Guts In High School: How Seventeen Made 'Traumarama' Jezebel

'Just Hire Mannequins': On the Slow Death of the Runway Walk Jezebel

How Female Cartoonists Are Changing Mainstream Publications MTV News


The Nipped, Tucked, and Photoshopped Revelations of Instagram's Celebface Jezebel

The Pleasure of Useless Hack Videos in an Increasingly Efficient World Jezebel

Victoria's Secret and the Slow Death of Retail's Male Gaze Jezebel

Louis C.K., R. Kelly, and the Blurring of Work Jezebel

Mourning for the Void Jezebel

Revisiting the Mean Girls of Queen Bees & Wannabes Jezebel


Lana del Rey, Queen of Boredom MTV News

How Pop Music Embraced Death and Lost Its Sex Appeal Jezebel

Alternate Identities: Grimes, Esperanza Spalding, and the Power of Persona MTV News

Pharmakon, Sound Art, and Expressing Bodily Disturbance Through Noise Pitchfork

Love Is Free: On Robyn's Defiant Set at Gov Ball MTV News

Video Voyeurism: Rihanna, Ciara, and Madonna Dance 4 U MTV News


We Shouldn't Ask Art to Be Emblematic of the #MeToo Movement Jezebel

Girls Trips, Book Clubs, and Bachelorettes: What Makes a Women's Ensemble Comedy Great? Jezebel

Suspiria and the Erasure of Women's Work Jezebel

Why Is It So Hard to Make a Movie About Eating Disorders? Jezebel

Mother Dearest: How 'The Babadook' Inverts the Horror-Movie Mom Grantland

Sharp Objects Dissects Our Morbid Desire for Stories About Dead Girls Jezebel

Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird Is a Masterfully Earnest Teen Comedy Jezebel


Liz Phair Jezebel

Holly Herndon Jezebel

Kelly Lee Owens MTV News

Sarah Lucas Jezebel


Priests MTV News

Anna Wiener Jezebel

Marie Davidson New York Times Magazine

MTL Collective Jezebel

Christine & the Queens Jezebel

Angel Olsen MTV News

SOPHIE Jezebel

Bat for Lashes MTV News

Desiree Akhavan Jezebel

boygenius Jezebel


Ariana Grande: Sweetener Jezebel

Mitski: Be the Cowboy Jezebel

Lorde: Melodrama Jezebel

Mary Lattimore: Collected Pieces MTV News

Crystal Castles: Amnesty (I) MTV News​

Nao: For All We Know MTV News

Françoise Hardy: Reissues Pitchfork