Eva Chen's Debut Children's Book Empowers the Next Generation With Magical Shoes

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Courtesy of Janie and Jack

If you follow Eva Chen on social media, it's hard to believe she would have an iota of time outside of her job as the director of fashion partnerships at Instagram to do anything else. One day she's in Paris, then she's with her children, Ren and Tao, holidaying in Spain, and a few posts later she's in Brazil moderating a panel with top fashion influencers.

But the former editor in chief of Lucky magazine and health and beauty director at Teen Vogue did find time after hours, burning the midnight oil when the kids were in bed, and now she can add author to her impressive résumé with her debut children's book, Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoesillustrated by Derek Desierto.

While it only launched today, the charming story has already reached the top of Amazon's Children's Girls & Women Books new releases chart. But after speaking with Chen over the phone, I'm not at all surprised. She has been manifesting this book since she was Ren's age, just 4 years old. 

As a first-generation American, Chen tells me that English wasn't her first language; she spoke Chinese at home, so reading was her escape. "I grew up a bookworm," she says. "I always kind of escaped by reading and I always carried a little notebook. I would jot down things and jot down ideas, and I always wanted to write children's books."

But Chen didn't stop at just a children's book. She went one step further and partnered with kids clothing brand, Janie and Jack to bring Juno and her epic adventures to life. Chen hopes the 30-piece capsule collection of clothing, shoes, and accessories (including Juno's red bandana and olive shorts) will "inspire the next generation of she-roes."

Read on to hear more about Chen's creative process and shop the debut kid's clothing collection.