Lavanya Ramanathan

Washington, D.C.

Features reporter

Education: University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Journalism ; Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Master of Science

Lavanya Ramanathan was a features reporter covering youth, culture and trends for Style. She left The Post in 2019.
Latest from Lavanya Ramanathan

This year’s Capital Pride is more inclusive than ever, embracing an LGBTQ scene that keeps evolving

The annual festival brings together disparate scenes, under the same rainbow

May 30, 2019

Does this train station smell like ... grapefruit? How the air around us suddenly became so fragrant.

Lemongrass-infused hotels, fake cookie scents at bakeries: Inside our obsession with a better-smelling world.

May 14, 2019

From ‘Liz’ to ‘The Jason’: The bizarre trend of fancy apartments with human names

Many buildings are picking names that match the millennials they want to attract.

April 19, 2019

Some superfans ‘just don’t believe’ Michael Jackson and R. Kelly did anything wrong. This is why.

In the Me Too era, many are inclined to believe accusers. But defenders, empowered by social media, are fighting back.

March 20, 2019

How ‘Leaving Neverland’ puts Michael Jackson’s cultural legacy and $2 billion empire in jeopardy

The pop star’s estate, once drowning in debt, had rebounded remarkably since his death, but it’s now contending with renewed allegations of child abuse in an HBO documentary.

March 4, 2019

Angela Davis is beloved, detested, misunderstood. What can a lifelong radical teach the resistance generation?

At age 75, the legendary activist has found controversy once again, this time over her support of Palestinian rights — a stance embraced by Ilhan Omar and others on the left.

February 26, 2019

How ‘plant-based’ rebranded vegan eating for the mainstream

Products and restaurants using the term are popping up everywhere, offering a broader appeal and the ring of familiarity.

February 15, 2019

‘It’s a sickness’: How our culture recognizes blackface is racist — but won’t stop doing it

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring have been caught up in scandals over a practice that has somehow stayed alive.

February 6, 2019

Lifestyle guru B. Smith has Alzheimer’s. Her husband has a girlfriend. Her fans aren’t having it.

She was the “black Martha Stewart” until the disease struck. He says his critics just don’t understand.

January 28, 2019

Hi Democrat, I’m a Republican, let’s not hate each other: The quixotic movement to get opposing voters to talk

StoryCorps and other groups are trying to bring both sides together. But will that heal our divided America?

January 4, 2019