Remembering the Spirit of Fashion.August 19 2012
Helen Gurley Brown, author, editor, publisher, and style icon, passed away on August 13th. Today, Johnny Was remembers this true innovator.
A pioneer in the publishing world, Brown is best known for transforming Cosmopolitan from a relatively unread magazine into the “Bible for the single woman” with circulation in over 100 countries. Before taking the helm at Cosmo, Brown wrote a bestselling book, Sex and the Single Girl, that dispensed progressive advice on everything from sex to family to how to wear high heels. She held the Editor in Chief position at the Hearst publication for over 30 years, and is credited with reinventing the women’s interest magazine.(photo source: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-08-13/business-lessons-from-helen-gurley-brown)
With her frank opinions, and fierce sense of independence, Brown helped redefine what it means to be a woman. She encouraged women to “get everything out of life - the money, recognition, success, men, prestige, authority, dignity - whatever she is looking at through the glass her nose is pressed against."
Hailing from a poor Arkansas family, Brown worked hard and put herself through business school, and worked secretary jobs until she was recognized for her writing. By the end of her editorship at Cosmo, Brown was one the most frequent guests on the Tonight Show, and even had her own show on the Lifetime network. Never accepting the societal limitations put against her, Brown established herself as the original “Cosmo Girl”: hip, vivacious, sexy and fearless—the very image she sold to her readers.
A legend in her own right, Brown will be missed. Celebrate Helen Gurley Brown’s life—and your own fun, fearless style.