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Glamour’s Cindi Leive to Host Google Hangout on Diversity in Fashion

Ever wanted to ask Cindi Leive, the editor-in-chief of Glamour, a question about diversity in fashion? If so, today’s your lucky day. If not, maybe tomorrow will be your lucky day. We really have no idea.

For those of you interested, Leive will be hosting a Google Hangout on diversity (or the lack thereof) in fashion at 1 pm.

Leive will be joined by former model Bethann Hardison, The Cut’s contributing fashion critic Robin Givhan, and fashion designer Tracy Reese.

You can watch the Hangout and submit questions to be answered live by clicking through.

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Chuck Townsend Endorses Cindi Leive

Chuck TownsendCEO of Condé Nast, is fan of Cindi LeiveGlamour’s editor-in-chief. Even if (maybe!) Anna Wintour isn’t. Ever since Wintour was named artistic director and immediately began lopping off Condé editors’ heads, rumors have been swirling that Leive was next to get axed.

However, Townsend — speaking to The New York Post — put his full support behind Glamour’s editor. “I’m just about to go down there [Glamour's offices] now to celebrate their 75th anniversary issue and the wonderful job Cindi’s done,” said Townsend. “I’m going to get down on one knee and thank her [Cindi] for the job she’s done on that brand. She’s my girl.”

Not much better than having the CEO refer to you as his “girl.” Though “woman” might have been better.

Glamour Tweaks Look, Increases Fashion Coverage

Glamour readers are in for some surprises when they open the magazine’s latest issue. WWD reports that the glossy has increased its fashion coverage, tweaked the appearance of the title and added a new column from editor-in-chief Cindi Leive.

A new section that explores the world of fashion designers kicks things off with a look at Rag & Bone’s creative team. Glamour’s March issue also features a shoot at Condé’s eventual new home, 1 WTC. Paul Ritter, Glamour’s relatively new creative director, fine tuned the magazine by adding more details than typically found in past issues. Leive has also added a new column, “Step Into My Office” in which she interviews a successful woman. First up? Sheryl Sandberg. Not a bad start.

Leive seemed rather excited about the new Glamour. She told WWD that new design was inspired by the “everyday chicness of the American woman.” That’s good, because according to Leive, 1 out of 10 American women reads Glamour. That’s a lot of chicness.

Jillian Davison Named Glamour Fashion Director

Jillian Davison has been named fashion director of Glamour. Davison, who we imagine must be Anna Wintour approved, is succeeding Anne Christensen, who resigned last week.

Davison comes to Glamour from Vogue Australia, where she had served as creative director since 2012. Prior to that, Davison served as fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar Australia.

“As a longtime admirer of Jill’s work, I’m thrilled to bring her energetic point of view to Glamour,” said Cindi Leive, editor of Glamour, in a statement. “She has a real vision for American fashion, and will steer our fashion coverage forward during an exciting time of dynamic growth for the brand.”

Davison’s appointment is effective in January.

Anna Wintour Forces Changes at Glamour

As we expected, Anna Wintour has brought changes to Glamour. The New York Post reports that Anne Christensen, the magazine’s fashion director, has resigned. Christensen had been full-time with Glamour since 2010. She’s apparently going back to freelancing work.

This move wouldn’t be so noteworthy if it weren’t for the fact that Wintour had turned her eyes o’ death to Glamour late last month. Word was that Wintour wasn’t happy with the slumping glossy — newsstand sales dropped 29 percent in the first half of 2013 — and was looking to make changes. Didn’t take long, did it?

While Cindi Leive and a few other top Condé editors are safe from Wintour’s wand of destruction, Christenen’s resignation only proves (yet again) that everyone else should be crossing their fingers.

Paul Ritter Named Creative Director of Glamour

Paul Ritter has been named creative director of Glamour. Ritter was most recently design director for Elle, where he had been since 2007. He has also previously served as creative director for Life and Vitals.

Glamour is in its prime, and as we head into our 75th anniversary next March, we’re setting the course for growth for decades to come,” said Cindi Leive, Glamour’s editor-in-chief, in a statement. “Paul is a strong creative force with a keen understanding of style and culture, and I’m thrilled to have him on board to help me build a modern all-American fashion magazine for the future.”

Ritter is succeeding Geraldine HesslerGlamour‘s creative director, design. Hessler is leaving the magazine.

Anna Wintour’s Hand of Death Hovers Over Glamour

Death gaze!

Ever since Anna Wintour was named artistic director of Condé Nast, her power and influence have grown. As we’ve mentioned, that has meant bad things for Condé editors who aren’t up to snuff. The New York Times reports that Wintour’s death gaze has now turn to Glamour, which means Cindi Leive, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, had better look alive. While she can.

Recently Wintour signed off on the firing of Klara Glowczewska (the longtime editor of Condé Nast Traveler) and Brandon Holley (the editor of Lucky). Pilar Guzmán and Eva Chen — their replacements, respectively — were Wintour endorsed. With that done, Wintour’s icy hand of death has started flipping the pages of Glamour:

Now Ms. Wintour is turning her attention to Glamour, which has lost over 28 percent of its newsstand sales in the year ending in June, and perhaps other magazines as well. According to a magazine executive at a competing company with direct knowledge of the discussions, a creative director at his company was approached about working in a similar role for Glamour, and told that the post would report to Ms. Wintour, not Cindi Leive, the magazine’s editor. (Mr. Townsend acknowledged the discussions, but said the reporting line detail was “dead wrong.”)

Of course Wintour maintains that editors shouldn’t feel like her presence means they should update their wills.

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Cindi Leive Loves Reading The NY Times, Has Love-Hate Relationship with Instagram

In the latest edition of The Atlantic Wire’s “Media Diet” series, Cindi Leive — the editor-in-chief of Glamour for the past 12 years — discusses what she reads, and The New York Times emerges as the clear favorite. Leive says she peruses the Times first thing in the morning, and that having the paper delivered is “one of those things that tells me I’m a grownup with a real home,” which is endearing.

Leive also checks Twitter a lot (she follows The Cut, The Atlantic, WWD and many more) and subscribes to The New Yorker and New York. Other titles she mentions include National Geographic, 10, EW, People and Harvard Business Review.

Aside from Twitter, Leive’s other online obsession is Instagram. She describes the social network as good and bad. “I think it’s completely addictive and if you spend a lot of time on Instagram you’re very aware of the self-conscious way people portray themselves,” Leive tells The Atlantic Wire. “In general it’s 80 percent love, 20 percent hate. There’s that eye-roll reaction that kicks in sometimes. We all dress ourselves up for Instagram a little bit.”

Cindi Leive Walks Fashionista.com Through a September Issue

Leah Chernikoff has put together a fun breakdown about what goes into to the critical annual September issue of Glamour.

EIC Cindi Leive tells the Fashionista editorial director that work begins on the issue pretty much right after September of the previous year. Discussions to get proven cover girl Jennifer Aniston on the front of September 2013 began a little later, in January. Leive says that reality TV, social media and even things like the 2009 documentary The September Issue have all helped raise the PR profile of Month #9:

“I think the average woman, the average magazine reader understands that the September issue is a big deal,” Leive says. “The fact that people are tweeting at me, ‘Who’s going to be on the cover of your September issue?’ That level of hunger would not have existed five years ago.”

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Connie Anne Phillips Returns to Condé as VP, Publisher of Glamour

Well what do you know, the rumors were true: Connie Anne Phillips is indeed returning to Condé Nast. Phillips has been named vice president and publisher of Glamour. Phillips was InStyle’s publisher for four years, but spent 14 years at Vogue.

Phillips will replace Bill Wackermann, who is headed to Condé Nast Traveler, where he’ll serve as executive vice president and publishing director. That’s a reunion as well, as Wackerman once served as Traveler’s associate publisher.

Charles Townsend, CEO of Condé, was excited about Phillips’ return to the company. In a statement, he said “With Connie Anne and editor-in-chief Cindi Leive at the helm, Glamour will be unstoppable.” Well damn.

Phillips and Wackermann’s appointments are both effective July 8.

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