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Bloomberg on Bloomberg
Glamour hosted its annual star-studded Women of the Year Award ceremony at Carnegie Hall on Monday night. December cover model Lady Gaga called out Glamour magazine, and all fashion and beauty magazines, for putting attractive celebrities on their covers—and retouching them.
As Michael Bloomberg prepares to leave office, Glamour magazine sat down with his youngest daughter, Georgina Bloomberg, to reflect on what it’s like being the daughter of a billionaire mayor who isn’t shy about speaking his mind.
“Every time you hear the word vagina, drink!” commanded opening act, Mamie Gummer.
The audience, mainly female—go figure—responded with the obedient clinking, and subsequent sinking, of glasses that reverberated through Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. And vagina was indeed the theme of the evening at These Girls, Glamour’s night of monologues by young ladies they’ve deemed the new generation of female voices.
It quickly became apparent that for all involved (Olivia Wilde, Leandra Medine, Rashida Jones, Zosia Mamet, Aubrey Plaza and Lauren Miller), this was a chance to have a real heart-to-heart—you know, girl talk—so far from their usual introverted selves.
“Tonight, these girls can be who they uniquely are fan-fucking-tastic,” exclaimed Gloria Steinem.
It was refreshing, we suppose, though The Observer did feel a tinge of sympathy for the few men in the audience.
Taylor Swift, our generation’s kinder, gentler Alanis, has broken her silence about the 2010 song in which she broke her silence about John Mayer. Though the tune “Dear John” alludes to the age difference between the country singer and her elder pop-rock paramour, his bad history in relationships, and, well, his name, Taylor Swift is Read More
For fashion editors, all roads lead to September: this month’s rag mags, engorged with advertisements, represent the triumph of the hypercapitalist ethos, the huge and the loud.
Glamour senior online fashion and beauty editor Danica Lo has been named executive editor of Stylebistro.com.
Starting June 1, she will oversee daily operations of Stylebistro.com, a style blog from the same parent company as celebrity photo cache Zimbio.com. And it sounds like they’re expanding. According to a press release, Ms. Lo’s Read More
IT KEEPS STARING AT ME
Lucky editor Brandon Holley has a personal essay in Glamour magazine this month, describing a home invasion she experienced last March. An open window on the ground floor of her Brooklyn house was broken into in the middle of the night by a man who stood over the bed where she, her husband, Read More
Glamour Magazine is a lady magazine that can best be characterized as somewhere between “Tactful Cosmopolitan” and “Less Scary Vogue.” It’s probably one of the more distinctly moderate womens’ interests magazines. Which is why it’s odd and kind of comical to see them teaming up with one of the most chic boutiques in the country—Opening Ceremony—to sell a $100 sweater. Of a cat.
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The Greeks had Homer, Enlightenment France had Voltaire and we have Jake: the pseudonymous author of Glamour’s “guy column,” sort of a breezy, unbylined sex and sensibility counterpart to The New Republic’s long-running TRB.
Glamour first introduced Jake to its readers in February 1956, “to bring a man’s point of view into each issue of Glamour.” More than half a century later (and just in time for Valentine’s Day), Jake will publish his first book, Always Hit On the Wingman … and 9 Other Secret Rules for Getting the Love Life You Want (Hyperion).
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 Read More