Reading this month’s Glamour made us feel a bit voyeuristic, like we were peering a little too deeply into the minds of the editors. Sure, we’re always hearing about the staff’s fashion and beauty favorites. And reading any issue gives us a glimpse into the personalities at the magazine—for instance, they think the “Would You Dare?” feature is funny and/or interesting. We think
making a woman run around with mascara streaked down to her jawline is pointless. And we aren’t even going to talk about what the July issue revealed about the three men in competition to be the new Jake, except to quote contestant Adam:
I like to woo a woman…but I’m not opposed to having sex on the first date.
Yeah, maybe that’s why he lost.
Back on topic: This month, via a few well-placed comments, we got a glimpse of what it’s really like to work at Glamour. Forget the questionable veracity of Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep—this stuff was actually published in the magazine!
First, in the “Editor’s Note,” we’re told that associate editor Sunny Sea Gold is not only on a diet, but blogs about her weight loss efforts for the magazine’s website.
Those of you who have been following Sunny’s blog on glamour.com know that she’s lost 16 pounds in the first six weeks…
Is Sunny blogging voluntarily? We can’t decide whether telling the entire world about your weight problem is deeply humiliating or incredibly motivating. Then, in Erin Zammett Ruddy’s “Pregnant, With Cancer”:
For those of you who haven’t been reading my glamour.com blog (um, why haven’t you been reading my blog?!)…
Because we identify more with cat macros? Interestingly, the most revealing sentence in her story isn’t just about her:
Nick had his semen analyzed (he really loved that), and I had all of my pertinent parts examined. [emphasis ours]
Hmm, on second thought, that kind of uninhibited sharing may be why we’re not reading Erin’s blog. We’re simultaneously fascinated and repelled by the idea of a job that requires public discussion of your spouse’s genitalia. How do you go home and explain that assignment?
On to this exchange about the magazine’s top editor from Carole Radziwill’s “Lunch Date” with Lauren Graham:
CR: You were friends with Glamour’s editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, in high school. She said someone came up to her at her twentieth high school reunion and asked her how it felt to be the second most successful person in the class.
LG: Who was the first?
Well, at least Cindi didn’t feel the need to conduct the interview herself. We think that’s a positive sign!
Finally, and most telling, here’s a juicy tidbit from the “Glamour List: 10 Things That Only Happen in the Movies”:
Working as a peon at a fashion magazine and getting an entire couture wardrobe totally free.
Complaining about your job while on the job? And then expecting us to read it? Just stop. Free wardrobe or not, working at a fashion mag isn’t exactly on par with filling out TPS reports. Maybe it’s just a case of the Mondays (and maybe we watched Office Space for the fifth time last night), but we think the “Glamour List” scribes ought to chin up. After all, they could be writing about their personal lives on the magazine’s website. Unlike the designer swag they so covet, we bet their very own glamour.com blogs can be had for free! Or almost free—how much does privacy go for these days, anyway?