Mélanie Berliet (est. Charlottesville, Virginia, 1981) is a New York City based writer and producer whose work is best described as immersive, experiential, or gonzo journalism. Berliet specializes in going undercover to infiltrate fascinating subcultures so she can report on her insider experiences. So far, she has taken turns as a naked body sushi model, a drug dealer, a sugar baby, a phone sex operator, and more.
The intrepid writer’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Elle, Cosmopolitan, The New York Observer, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Esquire, Playboy, and other major publications. Many of Berliet’s stories have gone viral, and she is frequently invited to discuss her work and her unique investigative approach on national television (20/20, The Insider, Raising McCain). As a producer, Berliet consulted on MTV’s hit unscripted show, The Buried Life. She also creates original programming for both the web and television.
But none of the above PR-friendly word barf says much about who Mélanie is as a person. For the billions completely uninterested in the topic of Mélanie as a person, that’s all well and good. But Mélanie’s ego won’t allow her to discount the possibility that there’s at least one human out there aching to know more. In the name of revealing something you might not already know from reading her memoir and all of the first-person stories chronicling her journalistic endeavors, here are Mélanie’s responses to the Proust Questionnaire, and her answers to a few frequently asked questions.