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Living in Color

Writer  /  feminist  /  ice skater

Paulina Pinsky is a Los Angeles born writer and educator. At the age of five Paulina, took to the ice. Thirteen years later, after an accomplished competitive figure skating career, Paulina sprinted to New York to pursue her undergraduate degree in American Studies at Barnard College, where she played rugby and performed in student musical theater. 

She went on to pursue her MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from Columbia University, and she studied improvisational and sketch comedy at the Second City Conservatory. She now teaches Comedy Writing to high schoolers at Columbia University. She was a MacDowell Fellow in 2021, and she was a finalist for the Longridge Review’s Anne C. Barnhill Prize for Nonfiction Creative Writing. 

She is currently sober, single, and celibate, living in her parents’s house after a decade in New York— but most importantly, after eleven years away, she has found her way back to the ice.


Moevir Magazine JUNE Issue 2022 featured edition

[Living in Color]

Danelle Cole @createdbydanelle 

Model: Paulina Pinsky @mizpiggy111

Lighting: Emily Frances @emily_cole_

Rose Studio 54 @rosestudiola Los Angeles


Will you still create new works when you are old?

Absolutely. As a writer, I know that my prime is yet to come. It’s a relief, knowing that my craft will only get better with age.

To become famous, what kind of qualities do you think the person should have?

I am wary of fame aspiration. I think fame should be a byproduct of pursuing your life’s work. Fame for fame’s sake is a flimsy aspiration. There is no worse way to say you’re hungry for love than to say you want to be famous.

Fame should be a byproduct of pursuing your life’s passion. Nothing scares me more than someone hungry for everyone’s eyes. Do what you do best, what you love, and the nuisance of recognition will come.

Is art, fashion important in your life? Why?

Dressing is an art. Each day, I approach my closet by asking myself, “What do I feel like today?” I wish I could be one of those people who has a uniform— black jeans, crisp white button down shirt, sensible shoe— but I am too temperamental to be consistent. My best friend’s mom calls the way we dress, “Crazy”. And I think that encapsulates my style: crazy, loud, bold.

Each day, I build a look, thinking about dressing myself as an art. Each day, I am saying something different. Each day, I am granted the chance to create just by how I adorn my body. Each day, I am granted a blank canvas to do with as I will.

What do you think about your work? Is it what you like, or simply saying a dream?

I have been very lucky so far in writing my career— I received my MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from Columbia University and I was granted the opportunity to co-author a teen guide to consent, IT DOESNT HAVE TO BE AWKWARD, with my father.

Through the construct of TCB: Trust, Compassion, and Boundaries, my dad and I opened up a larger and inter-generational conversation about consent. Ultimately, when you trust yourself, have compassion for yourself, and know your own boundaries, than you can trust someone else, offer them compassion, and respect their boundaries.

However, I can’t say that writing this book was part of my “dream” plan: for the past five years I’ve been working on a memoir about media sensationalization and the concept of celebrity within my own family. However, being granted the opportunity to write a book that helps teens navigate the difficult concept of consent quite literally saved my life ( got me out of a dying relationship— there was no TCB). Often, how things unfold is more gratifying and life-altering than any dream plan.

Remember: You can’t consent without TCB.

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