Inspiration Of Style: Vogue Paris Marks New Look Magazine With Three September Covers

Inspiration Of Style: Vogue Paris Marks New Look Magazine With Three September Covers

A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

Death Of An Editor: Helen Gurley Brown

Death Of An Editor: Helen Gurley Brown

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Mary McAlesse

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Mary McAlesse

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Mary McAlesse

The eldest of nine children, Mary Patricia Leneghan was born in Belfast on June 27, 1951. Her mother was from Maghera and her father a native of Croghan, County Roscommon.

The Leneghan family lived in the mainly Nationalist Ardoyne area of Belfast and owned The Long Bar on Leeson Street. In the early 1970s they gave up the business and moved to Rostrevor, County Down.

Despite being directly affected by the conflict in NI, McAleese was determined to pursue a career in Law. She graduated in Law from Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1973 and was called to the Northern Ireland Bar a year later.

In 1975 she was appointed Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin, incidentally succeeding Mary Robinson, and eight years later became Director of the Institute of Legal Studies. McAleese became the first female Pro-Vice Chancellor of her Alma Mater, QUB, in 1994.

In 1976 she married Martin McAleese, a dentist and accountant. During this time she helped to found and council the Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform and in 1979 she joined RTE as a journalist and presenter of Frontline and, later, the Today Tonight programme.

Later in her career, the Irish press picked up on disparaging remarks towards the RTE in McAleese’s official biography The Road from Ardoyne: The Making of a President.

It is no surprise, then, that this feisty Belfast lady attracted controversy when nominated by her political party Fianna Fail to run for Irish Presidency in 1997.

Political commentators and the Irish media questioned McAleese’s ability to sustain and build on relations with Britain, and many condemned Fianna Fail’s decision to nominate a Belfast Catholic over the then Taioseach, Albert Reynolds.

However, on November 11, 1997 McAleese was not only inaugurated as the eighth President of Ireland (Uachtarán na hÉireann) but also made history, becoming the only person from NI to hold the Irish Presidency and the only woman to succeed another female head of state anywhere in the world.

She went on to stand again, unopposed, for a second term of office and was re-inaugurated in November 2004.

It was arguably the sectarian backdrop of her youth in NI that led McAleese to adopt the theme of building bridges for her Presidency, a theme that, along with social inclusion and reconciliation, she continues to keep to the forefront of her public agenda.

However, on attending a ceremony in Poland to mark the 60th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, McAleese made the following unfortunate comment:

‘They [the Nazis] gave to their children an irrational hatred of Jews in the same way that people in Northern Ireland transmitted to their children an irrational hatred, for example, of Catholics.’

Ulster Unionists and Church leaders were outraged and questioned her ability to be unprejudiced; bad news for a President who upheld equality and tolerance as integral to her leadership. McAleese later apologised, admitting her remarks were ‘unbalanced’.

Her work in both the north and south of Ireland has shown her to be dedicated to her principles of reconciliation and anti-sectarianism and she is widely considered a President of the people.

Over the years, McAleese has tried to build on the success story of the Celtic Tiger, an example of economic success unrivalled across Europe. And yet she has remained mindful of her country’s troubled history.

‘We are a vibrant first-world country,’ she has declared. ‘But we have a humbling third-world memory.’

Death Of An Editor: Helen Gurley Brown

RIP Helen Gurley Brown.


NEW YORK (AP) — Helen Gurley Brown, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitanmagazine who invited millions of women to join the sexual revolution, has died. She was 90.

Brown died Monday at a hospital in New York after a brief hospitalization, Hearst CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr. said in a statement.

“Sex and the Single Girl,” her grab-bag book of advice, opinion, and anecdote on why being single shouldn’t mean being sexless, made a celebrity of the 40-year-old advertising copywriter in 1962.

Three years later, she was hired by Hearst Magazines to turn around the languishing Cosmopolitan and it became her bully pulpit for the next 32 years.

She said at the outset that her aim was to tell a reader “how to get everything out of life — the money, recognition, success, men, prestige, authority, dignity — whatever she is looking at through the glass her nose is pressed against.”

“It was a terrific magazine,” she said, looking back when she surrendered the editorship of the U.S. edition in 1997. “I would want my legacy to be, ‘She created something that helped people.’ My reader, I always felt, was someone who needed to come into her own.”

Along the way she added to the language such terms as “Cosmo girl” — hip, sexy, vivacious and smart — and “mouseburger,” which she coined first in describing herself as a plain and ordinary woman who must work relentlessly to make herself desirable and successful.

She put big-haired, deep-cleavaged beauties photographed by Francesco Scavullo on the magazine’s cover, behind teaser titles like “Nothing Fails Like Sex-cess — Facts About Our Real Lovemaking Needs.”

Male centerfolds arrived during the 1970s — actor Burt Reynolds’ (modestly) nude pose in 1972 created a sensation — but departed by the ’90s.

Brown and Cosmo were anathema to militant feminists, who staged a sit-in at her office. One of them, Kate Millet, said, “The magazine’s reactionary politics were too much to take, especially the man-hunting part. The entire message seemed to be ‘Seduce your boss, then marry him.'”

Another early critic was Betty Friedan, who dismissed the magazine as “immature teenage-level sexual fantasy” but later came around and said Brown, “in her editorship, has been a rather spirited and gutsy example in the revolution of women.”

“Bad Girls Go Everywhere,” the 2009 biography of Brown by Jennifer Scanlon, a women’s studies professor, argued that her message of empowerment made Brown a feminist even if the movement didn’t recognize her as such.

There was no disputing that Brown quickly turned a financial turkey into a peacock.

Within four issues, circulation, which had fallen below the 800,000 readers guaranteed to advertisers, was on the rise, even with the newsstand price increasing from 35 cents to 50 and then 60.

Sales grew every year until peaking at just over 3 million in 1983, then slowly leveled off to 2.5 million at $2.95 a copy, where it was when Brown left in 1997. (She stayed on as editor in chief of the magazine’s foreign editions.)

She was still rail-thin, 5-feet-4 and within a few pounds of 100 in either direction, as she had kept herself throughout her life with daily exercise and a careful diet.

“You can’t be sexual at 60 if you’re fat,” she observed on her 60th birthday. She also championed cosmetic surgery, speaking easily of her own nose job, facelifts and silicone injections.

An ugly duckling by her own account, Helen Gurley was a child of the Ozarks, born Feb. 18, 1922 in Green Forest, Ark. Growing up in the Depression, she earned pocket money by giving other kids dance lessons.

Her father died when she was 10 and her mother, a teacher, moved the family to Los Angeles, where young Helen, acne-ridden and otherwise physically unendowed, graduated as valedictorian of John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in 1939.

All the immediate future held was secretarial work. With typing and shorthand learned at a business college, she went through 18 jobs in seven years at places like the William Morris Agency, the Daily News in Los Angeles, and, in 1948, the Foote, Cone & Belding advertising agency. There, when finally given a shot at writing ad copy, she began winning prizes and was hired away by Kenyon & Eckhardt, which made her the highest paid advertising woman on the West Coast.

She also evidently was piling up the experience she put to use later as an author, editor and hostess of a TV chit-chat show.

“I’ve never worked anywhere without being sexually involved with somebody in the office,” she told New York magazine in 1982. Asked whether that included the boss, she said, “Why discriminate against him?”

Marriage came when she was 37 to twice-divorced David Brown, a former Cosmopolitan managing editor turned movie producer, whose credits would include “The Sting” and “Jaws.”

Her husband encouraged Brown to write a book, which she wrote on weekends, and suggested the title, “Sex and the Single Girl.”

They moved to New York after the book became one of the top sellers of 1962. Moviemakers bought it for a then-very-hefty $200,000, not for the nonexistent plot, but for its provocative title. Natalie Wood played a character named Helen Gurley Brown who had no resemblance to the original.

She followed up her success with a long-playing record album, “Lessons in Love,” and another book, “Sex in the Office,” in 1965.

That year she and her husband pitched a women’s magazine idea at Hearst, which turned it down, but hired her to run Cosmopolitan instead.

In 1967 she hosted a TV talk show, “Outrageous Opinions,” syndicated in 19 cities and featuring celebrity guests willing to be prodded about sex and other risque topics.

She also went on to write five more books, including “Having It All” in 1982 and in 1993, at age 71, “The Late Show,” which was subtitled: “A Semiwild but Practical Survival Plan for Women Over 50.”

“My own philosophy is if you’re not having sex, you’re finished. It separates the girls from the old people,” she told an interviewer.

The Browns were childless by choice, she said.

A Message From The Creator

Inspiration Of Style: Vogue Paris Marks New Look Magazine With Three September Covers

Katie Jones


Trust Vogue Paris to go the extra mile with their September issue. The French edition of the style bible has had a bit of an image overhaul, and to mark the release of the new look magazine, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott have shot three collectors covers.


And who better to choose for the special edition cover girls than Kate Moss, Daria Werbowy and Lara Stone? Dressed in the same sheer LBD, with slicked-back hair and perfect scarlet pouts, there’s no chance that this issue will go unnoticed.


Speaking about Germain Chauveau’s new layout, Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt says, “With Vogue Paris‘s mission in mind, dedicated to surprise and to anticipate our reader’s desires, this special issue launches a new and perfected formula for the magazine. Featuring a brand-new layout, improved rubrics, and new guest stars, such as the notorious blogger Garance Doré. Always fashionably early, Vogue further asserts her radical opinion and continues to cultivate her beauty”.


To see the new edition in full, look out for the magazine when it hits news stands on 23 August or visit



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