This week, we lost one of my all-time favorite heroes, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown. I love so much about this woman. I love what she did in an era where little wife-y was the way women were being portrayed (not that it's horrible, but not every girl wants to wear an apron and have a kid and make dinner for her mate every day). I love Sex and The Single Girl; I own a very old 60s paperback copy of it and I love it so much (though the film has good fashion and good actors, it does not resemble the book in any way). I love love love all those old Cosmopolitan magazines (as you can see from the posts on this blog). She had strong opinions on where women stood in the world and gave a face to the woman who was sexy, strong and driven at the same time. What's also interesting is that she was a copywriter in the advertising world before she took Cosmopolitan on...and that was only after she proposed another magazine to the Hearst corporation. They turned it down but offered her the Editor in Chief gig at Cosmo.
Cosmo has no sexiness left in it anymore. It's so boring and bleh these days. It would have been nice if they had given the magazine back to her. She ruled it for around 30 years! It's very hard when you lose one of your heroes...some of them really helped you get where you wanted to go and/or inspired you to figure out what it is you want to do.
RIP Helen Gurley Brown. And thank you. :( xxx♡
|from The New Yorker|
|A very vintage Cosmopolitan cover with Linda Evangelista from the early 90s and HGB in her Pucci.|
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