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The ‘Cosmo 100′ Starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Seinfeld; The Wednesday Crowd with Star Jones and Doris Kearns Goodwin

1003_mockup.gifAs you probably know by now, only the most extreme circumstances could keep the faithful from their usual lunch at Michael’s. Since Mother Nature proved to be too formidable a force for us on not one, but two back-to-back Wednesdays, we were only too happy to pull double duty this week.

On Monday, I attended the estrogen-fueled lunch for “The Cosmo 100,” a gals-only power lunch hosted by Joanna Coles who, having been named EIC of Cosmopolitan mere weeks ago, put together a guest list to end all guest lists for her first event. When I arrived  a few minutes before noon, the paparazzi was lined up to capture the arrival of Sarah Jessica ParkerDiane von Furstenberg, Ali Wentworth, Jennifer Westfeldt and Jessica Seinfeld, who seemed to be channeling MC Hammer in some curious gold lame harem pants. Also in attendance: ABC News’ Deborah Roberts, model Carol Alt, bestselling author Jane Green and more A-list Gotham gals than I’ve seen in one place in ages. Hearst’s amazing PR team headed by Deb Shriver, Alexandra Carlin and Holly Whidden deserve some major kudos. I was seated at a fabulous table with Cathie Black, modeling icon Pat Cleveland and Barbara Taylor Bradford, who told me her 29th book will be published early next year. The mind reels.

When the A-list crowd made their way to the Garden Room, Joanna (who was rocking some gorgeous leather pants) greeted everyone with her trademark cheeky humor, telling us she’d prepared ‘binders of men’ as research for her new gig and then quoting Margaret Thatcher with the wise words, ‘Cocks crow but it’s hens that lay the eggs.’ She also advised us “never to underestimate what you can do in 10 minutes.” So true. But Joanna wanted to do more than celebrate fun, fearless females at her kick-off lunch; she surprised everyone by introducing some truly formidable women who’d broken through the glass ceiling during this election cycle. New Hampshire’s first female governor Maggie Hassan talked of having her daughter run her winning campaign, Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to congress explained how she won her race in Hawaii by proving wrong the naysayers who told her “it wasn’t her time,” and Grace Meng, the first Asian-American elected to congress from New York, spoke of the need for women to be mentors to other women. It was truly one of the most inspiring events I’ve attended in a long, long time.

Marcy Syms and Diane Clehane

Marcy Syms and Diane Clehane

Today, I was joined by another trailblazer Marcy Syms, who you must know from those commercials for the legendary off-price retailer (“An educated consumer is our best customer”).  It was Marcy’s father, the late Sy Syms who founded the business in 1958 as the first national retailer to sell off-price men’s clothing. At first, it was Sy who gave voice to the slogan in 1974, but he wisely asked Marcy to take his place in 1978 thus tapping into an emerging public consciousness about working women. The rest, as they say, is history.  ”I still remember wearing those bow blouses and those short haircuts!” said Marcy.

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CNBC Gets A Peek Inside SI‘s Swimsuit Issue

bar-refaeli-sports-illustrated.jpgEver wonder how the most profitable single-issue magazine in the world comes together?

With its one-hour special next month, “Business Model: Inside The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue,” CNBC will show you just how Sports Illustrated creates the one issue a year that last year generated seven percent of Time Inc. News Group’s annual revenue.

CNBC’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell got the highly coveted job of introducing viewers to the Swimsuit Issue’s six tropical photo shoot locations and 18 models wearing next to nothing. The documentary also looks at the history of the issue, which debuted in 1964, and caught up with famous models who once graced its pages, including Cheryl Tiegs, Carol Alt and Kathy Ireland.

Explains CNBC:

“The one-hour documentary looks at the history and unparalleled success of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which continues to print its own profits even amid an economic downturn and a troubled period for the publishing industry. The issue…has become over the years a billion dollar multi-platform empire that Fortune 500 companies clamor to be associated with. Rovell interviews executives with Miller Lite and Pepsi about being part of what’s been dubbed ‘the print Super Bowl of advertising.’”

The special will air on February 9 at 9 p.m.

Previously: SI Swimsuit Edition Proves To Be Fat Cash Cow

Watch the Box: It’s So Real

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Hard to believe, but Celebrity Apprentice was greenlit before the WGA strike. And the “celebrities”? Trace Adkins, Carol Alt, Stephen Baldwin, Nadia Comaneci, Tiffany Fallon, Jennie Finch, Nely Galan, Marilu Henner, Lennox Lewis, Piers Morgan, Omarosa, Tito Ortiz, Vincent Pastore and Gene Simmons.

Omarosa to win in a final bout with Lennox Lewis. He’s too pretty to want to get beat up by her.

MTV gets Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew from Warner Horizon Television. The live weekly show is slated to premiere in first quarter 2008. Shot in Los Angeles, top hip-hop dance crews with face off each week.

A&E shot a pilot for Celebrity Garage Sales. Host Illeana Douglas helps her buddy celebs put on a garage sale, with all proceeds going to charity. Tom Arnold was the celeb in the pilot. Cuz who doesn’t want a piece of the magic?