SPRINTING INTO FIRST: Next week, when members of the American Society of Magazine Editors vote over lunch to select their officers, Runner’s World editor and ASME treasurer David Willey is expected to be elected president. That will be a surprise to those who assumed Elle editor in chief Roberta Myers, who has served as vice president since last year, would replace Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive, whose term is expiring after two years. Past presidents Leive, Mark Whitaker, Susan Ungaro, and Cyndi Stivers all ascended from the vice presidency, though not necessarily after one year. A spokeswoman for Myers said she understood the presidency to be a time-intensive position, and that given Elle’s television project with the CW network and other demands at the magazine this year, Myers would be more than happy to act as Willey’s “wingman.” People managing editor Larry Hackett is also expected to be elected to the board.
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— Irin Carmon
SAILING ON: Even as there is turmoil at the top of The Wall Street Journal, its glossy magazine launching in September is slowly staffing up. Lucy Gilmour, formerly photo director at House & Garden, will join WSJ., as it is known, in the same capacity. So far, the magazine has an editor and art director (Tina Gaudoin and Tomaso Capuano, both from the Rupert Murdoch-owned Times of London) and Gaudoin has hired an assistant, but more hires are expected.
DESIGNERS AS ICONS: British Esquire may only have started in 1991, but it’s nonetheless celebrating the 75th anniversary of the title’s launch in New York. To mark the occasion, the magazine has asked 11 designers to re-create the best-known cover images from Esquire’s history. Inside, John Galliano recalls the 1968 cover image of Muhammad Ali pierced with arrows — except Galliano is dressed in matador pants and pierced with the lances used in bullfighting. Meanwhile, Vivienne Westwood has been shot by Juergen Teller to replicate an anti-Vietnam cover from 1962. “We were lucky to get everyone,” said Jeremy Langmead, editor in chief of British Esquire. Miuccia Prada, Giorgio Armani, Donatella Versace, Paul Smith and Tommy Hilfiger are among those who took part in the feature, and Karl Lagerfeld even photographed himself. He is pictured as a series of images of himself lined up one on top of another, mimicking the magazine’s 1969 Richard Nixon and cultural icons cover. “Karl turned it around in 48 hours!” said Langmead. British Esquire will hold an exhibition of the designers’ images pictured alongside their inspirations beginning May 1 at London members’ club The Hospital in Covent Garden. The exhibition will then travel to Milan on May 15. And while the designers’ images won’t appear on the June issue’s regular cover, visitors to the London exhibition will be able to buy special editions of the magazine featuring the designers on the cover.
— Nina Jones
JUMPING THE FENCE: Us Weekly’s beauty director Tammy Siu is leaving the magazine to join Victoria’s Secret Beauty. Siu had been with Us for three-and-a-half years, serving as beauty director for a third of that time. She will be creative copy manager for Victoria’s Secret Beauty, developing the creative content for ad campaigns and marketing materials for the brand’s fragrances, lotions and cosmetics. She’ll start her new gig May 12. Us has not yet named a replacement.
— Stephanie D. Smith