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Posts Tagged ‘Oprah Winfrey’

Lori Greiner Discusses ‘Oprah Effect,’ What Inventors Need to Succeed

Lori Greiner knows firsthand the power of Oprah Winfrey to sell product.

In part two of our conversation with Greiner, the “Queen of QVC” and regular on ABC’s Shark Tank tells SocialTimes editor Devon Glenn what happens when one of your products makes the list of Oprah’s favorite things, how every inventor thinks they have the greatest thing in the world, and what they need to do to make sure they’re right.

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Adam Glassman Talks Rookie Fashion Stylist Mistakes

If only he had enough hours in a day. That’s the most challenging part of Adam Glassman‘s gig as creative director of O Magazine, a post where he’s constantly navigating the worlds of graphic design and fashion.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series, Glassman gives career and fashion advice, and tells what it’s like to style the Queen of Media: “We make it as fun and as painless as possible.” Hmm, maybe they share a few sips of Casa Dragones after a marathon shoot? Here’s an excerpt of the Q&A:

What is the biggest mistake that you see young professionals making? What’s the one tip that interns or fashion assistants should keep in mind?
First of all, I think everyone should do their homework. You need to know who you’re interviewing with — not just the human being, but also the publication. And I can tell you numerous times people have come in and they’ve never picked up an issue of O Magazine. And I have to tell you something: that doesn’t fly. There are so few jobs out there right now for young people, and there are a lot of people looking for a job. The moment you say that to me, the interview is over, basically, in my mind.

For more, read So What Do You Do, Adam Glassman, Creative Director at O Magazine?

In Brief: Good Week for Oprah, Less So for Her Home

o at home.jpg⇒ The presidential candidate with the Oprah Winfrey seal of approval is headed to the White House, but Winfrey’s quarterly shelter magazine, O at Home, won’t be covering Obama‘s new digs. Hearst has decided to fold O at Home back into the flagship O: The Oprah Magazine, FishbowlNY reports. Sad, because we root for any periodical that features a library (you guessed it—Oprah’s!) on its cover.

⇒ And speaking of the death of print, don’t miss Virginia Heffernan‘s recent New York Times Magazine column, in which she brilliantly explicates why Amazon’s Kindle is so much more than the sum of its faults. Despite design flaws that include “bumpable buttons that constantly flip your pages and lose your place, the pointy and cruel keyboard that is stiff and ineffective” and an “ungracious and inaccessible” Internet interface, Heffernan deems the Kindle “somehow better than a book” for its sheer reading bliss. But we doubt it’s more blissful than cuddling up with a signed first edition in Oprah’s library.

Tommy Hilfiger Actually Does Care About Black People

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In her ongoing role as Captain of the Moral Patrol, Oprah Winfrey had guest Tommy Hilfiger on today’s show to put to rest the urban legend that he was ordered off Winfrey’s show over a decade ago after saying something to the effect of “if I had known that black people would wear my clothes, I never would have designed them.”

Trouble was, Hilfiger was never even on “Oprah,” but the rumors were so persistent that the Anti-Defamation League even issued a statement. Hilfiger even hired FBI agents who traced it back to a college campus but still came up short. Oprah said as she’s heard it over the years, the rumor has actually gotten worse. “At first, it was black people, now it’s Hispanics, Asians and Jews,” she said. “You wouldn’t even have a company then.”

Of course, Hilfiger claims he didn’t say anything like it, and it’s ruined his life and lost him business and he’s also founded a summer camp for inner city children and is a major contributor for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Fund. But we still don’t understand why he decided to come forward now…oh wait, yes we do: he’s holding a major fundraising event on September 18.