From the Content Director: Are You Reading This?
I've been reading magazines since I was a girl, graduating through the years from Highlights to Seventeen to Glamour. Ok, maybe I also read Tiger Beat once in a while (Davy Jones!). But it was always my mother's Vogue that thrilled me most: the glossy pages of gorgeous long-legged models in fabulous locales wearing elaborate cloth concoctions. It was aspirational reading for me long before I knew what the word meant.
When I went off to college, my mother gifted me with my very own Vogue subscription, and to this day I remember my delight each month when a new issue appeared my mailbox, and how I would take it to my room, plop down on my bed, and go through it reverently, sequentially, page by glorious page.
Vogue inspired me, although not as you might expect—not to be one of those lucky beautiful models. While I certainly coveted their ability to wear such clothes, go such places, and have such incredibly long, thin legs, I knew by then that long-leggedness was never to be for me. I dreamed of other things. When I grew up, I told myself, I was going to be the editor of Vogue.
It is this early love, of Vogue in particular, but of reading magazines in general, that I believe first set me on the path toward a career in publishing and journalism. Alas, Ms. Wintour need not fear that I am in any danger of usurping her exalted position (particularly dressed as I am in Banana Republic and Ann Taylor, not Prada and Gucci). While I know now that her job is one childhood goal I shall never achieve, my love of magazines has never waned, and I am thrilled today to find myself as Content Director at Publishing Executive.