Robin Givhan was born and raised in Detroit. She left the Midwest to attend Princeton University, graduating in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in English. She received a masters in journalism at the University of Michigan in 1988.
Givhan's first newspaper job was with the Detroit Free Press, where she worked as a general assignment reporter writing about nightclubs and reviewing B-list movies for the entertainment section. Eventually, she became a feature writer and went on to cover the fashion beat. She spent almost seven years at the Free Press, leaving only briefly to work as a feature writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Givhan came to The Washington Post in 1995 to cover the fashion industry. She left The Post in March of 2000, spending six months at Vogue magazine as associate editor, returning to The Post in September of the same year.
Robin is 41 years old and lives in New York City.