Bellafante first worked as a fashion critic then spending the next five years reviewing television. She then worked at Time, as a senior reporter covering fashion, until 1999.
In 2011, she began writing for the Big City column in The New York Times, "a weekly column dedicated life, culture, politics and policy in New York City". She has also written for the paper's culture and style sections.
Some of Bellafante's writing has been criticized for its treatment of gender issues. Her 1998 Time cover story "Is Feminism Dead?" was critiqued by Erica Jong, who said, "Time's idiotic cover story on feminism is, in short, a symptom of what's wrong, not an analysis." Salon described it as "poorly thought-out."
Her New York Times review in 2011 of Game of Thrones was criticized by some as sexist for suggesting that only sexual content might motivate women to watch a complex fantasy story.
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