MICKEY BOARDMAN was raised in Hanover Park, Illinois, and graduated from Purdue University in 1989 with a degree in Spanish. Upon graduation, he spent a year in Madrid teaching before moving to NYC to study fashion design at The Parsons School of Design. Since 1993, he has written the advice column “Ask Mr. Mickey” in PAPER, where he first started working as a intern. His writing has also appeared in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Out and German Vogue. He is a constant presence on the NYC social / fashion scene and often appears as a cultural commentator, lifestyle expert and fashion guru on networks like VH-1, A & E, CNN, E! and Fox News.
Boardman has been recognized by New York magazine as one of the “Most Photographed Faces in New York” and was voted by Fashion Week Daily as one of the “most invited people in the city.” He has been featured in books like “Smile i-D: Fashion & Style, 20 Years of I-D Magazine,” Simon Doonan’s “Eccentric Glamour” and Timothy Greenfield- Sanders’ “Look: Portraits Backstage at Olympus Fashion Week.”
Also a philanthropist, Boardman has been active in many charitable efforts, including Mr. Mickey’s Sidewalk Sale, Doctors Without Boarders, Coalition for the Homeless and Red Cross Earthquake Relief for Haiti and Chile. He is a dedicated supporter of Citta, a charity that builds schools, clinics and women’s cooperatives in India and Nepal.