Leah McLaren was born in Peterborough, Ont., in 1975. As a teen she attended Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto, followed by stints studying English literature at McGill and Trent University, where she received a bachelor's degree in 1998.
At eighteen she interned at and wrote a feature for This Magazine. Since then she has contributed to a variety of publications including the McGill Daily, Toronto Life, ROB, Flare, Fashion and EnRoute. This is her first real job.