Glamour Treats Top Co-Eds to a Teachable Moment

124106367 Glamour Treats Top Co Eds to a Teachable Moment

Ms. Leive and some impressive co-eds.

Each year, Glamour magazine highlights the accomplishments of ten college women, as a reminder to readers that women’s magazines have not yet managed to irrevocably damage all young women.

Last week, the chosen ones were flown to New York, where they toured Glamour’s offices and the U.N., took in a Broadway show and got L’Oreal makeovers.

Their arrival was like a force of nature more powerful than the tremblor, Hurricane Irene, and Fashion Week, said Bill Wackermann, Condé Nast executive vice president and publishing director of Glamour, Details, W and Bon Appetit, as he toasted the young women over breakfast at The Modern on Thursday.

“But Cindi Leive looks ready for Fashion Week,” Mr. Wackermann noted. “What are those shoes?”

Ms. Leive, Glamour’s editor-in-chief, stuck a slender leg out from under her table to reveal a metallic platform pump.

“Copper,” she said. “Killer.”

“Bitchin’!” Mr. Wackermann said. “Speaking of someone who’s not a bitch, but bitching …”

“The 10 of you are a great hope for this country,” Ms. Leive said.

The Glamour Top 10 College Women award, now in its 54th year, was once the Top 10 Best Dressed College Women (Martha Stewart was a winner), but was later changed to recognize more serious achievement.

This year’s class included Allison Schmitt, an Olympic bronze medalist; Isha Jain, a 20-year-old Harvard senior who has co-authored six scientific papers; and Katie Miller, the West Point cadet who dropped out in protest of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and escorted gay rights activist Lady Gaga to the V.M.A.’s.

Of course, college is not the only route to success for women—at least according to auto racer Danica Patrick, who spoke at a Glamour panel on the secrets of success for 20-something women the night before. “I’m probably not the smartest person in the world, but the older I get the more I want to learn, the more I ask questions,” she told the group. “And I’m really lucky, I have a super smart husband.”