Friday, February 15, 2008

The Editor's Letter

The first thing I read when my monthly issues of Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, CosmoGIRL!, Nylon, and Glamour arrive in the mail is the Editor's Letter. Ever since I was a little girl, I pondered over Anna Wintour's words of wisdom about the power of fashion and crafted misspelled emails to Atoosa Rubenstein in response to the questions she posed to her readers.

The Editor's Letter, or the Letter from the Editor, is the the voice of the magazine, just as the models posing on the cover are the faces of the magazine. More than that, it's the chance for the editor-in-chief to make a personal connection with each individual reader.

My dream is to become the editor-in-chief of a huge and respected fashion magazine -- but not just because I love fashion. If I only loved fashion, I would be just as satisfied with fashion public relations or merchandising. I would even go into fashion marketing in order to please my parents, who still believe that business is the path to success.

I want to be an editor-in-chief because I understand that there is more to the readers' lives than Marchesa gowns and Jimmy Choo shoes -- and I want to be involved in every aspect of the magazine's culture because of this.

As exemplified through my blog, I don't just want to tell you what my favorite trends for Spring 2008 are -- I want you to know that I read through every single one of your comments and emails and care about each and every one of you.

Sometimes, I giggle with amusement at your comments or emails. Sometimes, I lie in bed for hours on end, haunted by the secrets and fears you confide in me. Sometimes, I swell with pride at your achievements and daydream about all the amazing people I've yet to meet in this world.

The editor-in-chief must be well-versed in all aspects of the fashion magazine, from political coverage to fashion editorials to celebrity interviews. It is his or her job to enchant the readers and promise them a couple minutes or hours of discovery and beauty. I want to be that connection to my readers someday -- someday, I hope that little girls will pick up their mommy's Vogue or Elle or Harper's Bazaar and be able to ponder over my words, and that women of all backgrounds and ages won't be afraid to send me their emails and letters about everything and anything.

Reading Roberta Myer's (editor-in-chief of Elle) March 2008 letter touched me and reaffirmed everything that I believe an editor-in-chief should be -- and who I hope to be someday:

An editor-in-chief recognizes every single one of her readers for their multi-faceted lives -- and this is what makes me happy and what I feel like is what I'm meant to do.

Anna Wintour also teaches us that as editor-in-chief of Vogue, no one -- not even Hillary Clinton -- can dis her work.

Miss Couturable

P.S. FabCrush has just featured Miss Couturable -- what a surprise! The short blurb reads:
Enter the world of a cute, high achieving young cheerleader attending a posh private who knows the difference between actual couture and Juicy Couture. No, it’s not an episode of Gossip Girl, it’s the real life of the author of She may still be in high school but you would never know it by her writing style, which is probably one of the reasons why she landed an internship at Seventeen before she even hit the age herself. On a regular basis she covers what the most influential designers in the industry are doing, gives us a little taste of her every day style, and ties it all back to real life. Her blog is aimed at the younger set, but it easily appeals to those of us who are fashionably young at heart.
I'm very flattered -- I've been meaning to figure out how to describe my blog, and this is just perfect! Thank you!
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