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Posts Tagged ‘Lucy Danzinger’

Self Editor Apologizes for Mocking Cancer Survivor’s Outfit

Self magazine’s editor-in-chief, Lucy Danzinger, has found herself in the awkward position of apologizing for the magazine making fun of a cancer survivor.

Self contacted Monika Allen and asked if it could use a photo of her wearing a tutu while running the LA Marathon. Allen’s company — Glam Runner — creates the tutus and sells them to benefit a youth development program. Naturally, Allen was excited for the opportunity.

However, Self used Allen’s photo to make fun of the outfits, not promote them. In a section titled BS Meter, Allen’s photograph was captioned ”People think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run away from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”

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Self Names Features Director

Adina Steiman is joining Self as features director. Steiman comes to the magazine from Men’s Health, where she had been since 2010. During her time there Steiman served as the magazine’s food and nutrition editor.

WWD reports that Steiman will have an active role in Self’s new digital channel, which will launch early next year.

“Adina is a recognized authority on food, nutrition and healthy living, and her expertise is a perfect fit for Self at a time when our brand is newly redesigned and expanding on multiple platforms,” Lucy Danzinger, Self’s editor, told WWD.

ASME Luncheon: “35 Ways To Win A National Magazine Award”

ellies.jpgThe American Society of Magazine Editors is gearing up for submissions to its 2010 National Magazine Awards. For the first time ever, the awards will include a separate ceremony for digital media, which last year included four categories. This year, they have been expanded into 12 different awards, including blogging and podcasting.

This afternoon at The Princeton Club, members of ASME gathered to hear Will Dana of Rolling Stone, Peggy Northrop of Reader’s Digest, and John Rasmus of <a href=""National Geographic Adventure give their opinions to moderator Cindi Leive of Glamour on what it takes to win both the digital and traditional awards, arguably the most prestigious in the industry. All three of the panelists have both judged and won previous magazine awards.

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Self Editor Defends Kelly Clarkson Photoshopping

self.pngYep, Kelly Clarkson‘s cover shot for this month’s Self was Photoshopped, says Editor-in-Chief Lucy Danzinger. So what?

What some took to be Self‘s attempt to hide Clarkson’s curvy frame Danzinger simply defended as commonplace clean-up. In a blog post yesterday, Danzinger said the retouching to Clarkson’s photo was simply meant to enhance the beauty of the shot and sell magazines, not detract from Clarkson’s “amazing spirit” and “contagious confidence.”

Here’s how she described the post-production process that follows every cover shot:

“[W]e edit the film and choose the best pictures. This is done in tandem with the star; the creative director, Cindy Searight; the photographer; and myself. Then we allow the postproduction process to happen, where we mark up the photograph to correct any awkward wrinkles in the blouse, flyaway hair and other things that might detract from the beauty of the shot. This is art, creativity and collaboration. It’s not, as in a news photograph, journalism. It is, however, meant to inspire women to want to be their best. That is the point.”

We understand the need to clean up wrinkles and flyaway hair, but Clarkson’s photo seems to have helped the pop star shed some pounds. Although she didn’t say exactly what was edited on Clarkson, Danzinger stood by the picture’s accuracy. Or rather, she said the accuracy didn’t really matter for a cover photo.

“Did we alter her appearance? Only to make her look her personal best,” Danzinger said. “Did we publish an act of fiction? No. Not unless you think all photos are that.”

What do you think? How far is too far when it comes to Photoshopping — for cover photos and other photos as well? Do you think cover photographs are journalism?

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