Rachel Dunkel

Rachel Dunkel
Education: The University of North Carolina at Asheville

Rachel Dunkel is a freelance writer and editor with four years of experience covering commerce and trends. She was previously the Lead Product Review Editor at BuzzFeed and is a still a regular contributor there, as well as at InStyle, Bustle, The Zoe Report, and Encyclopedia Britannica Reviews. She also blogs on her site Required Output.


  • Rachel has been a contributor to InStyle since August 2022.
  • Her work has appeared on InStyle, BuzzFeed, Food 52, Encyclopedia Britannica Reviews, Mic, The Zoe Report, Inverse, The Quality Edit, Bustle, Elite Daily, and more.
  • Rachel holds a Bachelor's Degree in Literature from The University of North Carolina at Asheville.


A generalist, Rachel has experience in covering and reviewing a wide variety of products in all kinds of coverage areas from fashion and beauty to the latest in outdoor gear. Her love of bold patterns, quality staples, and effortless mornings greatly influences her work in the fashion space at InStyle and elsewhere, as does her endless search for the perfect shade of red lip (so far MAC Viva Glam II is the winner). Conversely, she's constantly trying new outdoor gear, getting her backpacking setup to the lowest weight possible in preparation for her next long-distance trip and chronicling her setup at BuzzFeed and on her blog Required Output.

She also contributes entertainment content to BuzzFeed, recommends her favorite streaming movies and shows, and blogs at Encyclopedia Britannica Reviews about anything and everything — think how to get started rock climbing or how to make your own clothes.


Rachel holds Bachelor's Degree in Literature from The University of North Carolina at Asheville.

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About InStyle

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