Bay City blogger joins fashion police in Us Weekly
Jan. 6, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 5, 2012 at 7:06 p.m.
When Jonathan Valdez was asked to become a contributor for Us Weekly, he jumped at the chance.
"This is something that I have wanted to do for the longest time and it is finally happening," he said.
Known for his bow tie and fedora, his personal style and stylish posts, Valdez has one more job title to add to his name - fashion police top cop for Us Weekly.
Valdez will be part of a fashion police panel, where he will comment on what celebrities are wearing.
"This is all about the outfit and not the celebrity," he said.
The Bay City native, now living in New York City, is well known for blogging about celebrities and fashion.
Earlier, when Valdez attended Texas State University at San Marcos, he broadcast on "Orange Juice and Biscuits," a radio show, which focused on fashion, pop culture and celebrity news.
His morning talk show allowed him to interview celebrities in several South By South West music and film festivals.
Before his recent successes, Valdez was a 2003 graduate of Bay City High School and a member of the Dungeoneers, the speech and debate team.
As a Dungeoneer, Valdez competed in UIL Theater, improvisation, one act plays, drama and solo singing.
After graduating from high school, Valdez attended Texas State University where he majored in communications studies and minored in theater and psychology.
Now, as a top cop for Us Weekly, he will extend his fashion experience to a larger audience.
Valdez said he likes that Us Weekly likes to keep it positive by only commenting on what the celebrity is wearing and not concentrating on their physical appearance.
"They will be light-hearted comments about the celebrities' poor fashion choices," he said jokingly.
Aside from his blog, Valdez has been keeping busy by walking the red carpet as a fashion commentator at the Mercedez-Benz Fashion week.
Valdez credits social media for building a lot of his working relationships.
"Social media has gotten me where I am today," he said. "This is how I was able to be a part of Us Weekly.
Valdez said Sasha Charnin, fashion director editor for Us Weekly, follows him on Twitter and reads his fashion blog.
Valdez dreamed of performing live theater in New York City, and in 2009, he followed his dream.
"This is the perfect place to be if you want to do theater or fashion," he said.
"This is where everything happens first."
Aside from being a fashion and celebrity blogger, Valdez does freelance public relations.
Valdez said he is looking forward to 2012 with big projects coming soon. He also will continue blogging celebrity and fashion news, be a red carpet commentator at fashion week and part of the fashion police for Us Weekly.
He hopes also to do a lot more television and radio as a guest commentator.
"For now, I am just so excited to be a part of a national magazine that allows me to do what I love," he said.