SO WRINKLES PROVE WISDOM?: Leighton Meester claims to have no fear when it comes to aging, but ask her again in a few years — after all, she’s only 23. Regardless, Meester gets a preview of her own aging process in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, in which editors have produced digitally enhanced images of the actress to show what she’d look like into her 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. The “Gossip Girl” star is also on the cover, shot by Terry Richardson. “Any fear of aging, I think, is simply vanity,” Meester told the magazine. “Because what comes with age is so many wonderful things: wisdom, understanding.
“Every year, I’m always happy to be done with the previous age,” she says, adding she does support Botox. “If people want that, do it.”
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Along those lines, Harper’s Bazaar is also launching a nationwide contest to find America’s chicest women, from age 20 to over 60. Five finalists, representing each decade between 20 and 60, will win a cash prize of $5,000 and appear in a future issue, along with a party at Hearst Tower. The contest is also a prelude to the magazine’s upcoming book, “Fabulous at Every Age: Your Quick and Easy Guide to Fashion,” in stores in November. — A.W.
STEPPING DOWN: BlackBook Media Corp. editor in chief and editorial director Ray Rogers has resigned after 15 months at the helm of the pop culture title. While at BlackBook, Rogers redesigned the magazine and, in addition to his own responsibilities, sources say he assumed the duties of photo editor, fashion director and executive features editor. Former photo editor Rose Fiorentino left in January and former fashion director Elizabeth Sulcer was moved into “at large” status in May. Before Rogers, Steve Garbarino served as editor in chief but left to become editor at large for Maxim.
Ari Horowitz, chief executive officer of BlackBook, said the company is still committed to the magazine but is focused on its digital and mobile platforms. He said it’s not true Rogers was handling all the additional jobs, noting the staff has become more integrated across all media platforms. Horowitz added the primary business of BlackBook is its access program and building custom mobile city guides for media companies.
The shift in focus away from “entertainment journalism and fashion editorial content” to the brand’s guidebook-related digital business and a lack of support staff led Rogers to resign, said one insider. When reached for comment, Rogers confirmed his resignation to WWD. His last issue is September, with Claire Danes on the cover, shot by Sante D’Orazio. — Amy Wicks
THE NAME HAS BEEN CHANGED…: The New York Post’s Page Six column on Sunday called out author Charla Krupp for the title of her forthcoming book, “How Not to Look Fat Ever Again,” noting its similarity to Post reporter Danica Lo’s 2006 book, “How Not to Look Fat.” In the item, Lo told Page Six, “For a best-sellling author to try and steamroll a first-time author and steal my title is truly shameful.”
Now Lo may be happy to hear Krupp has responded by changing her title to “How to Never Look Fat Again.” “Even though I was not legally required to change the title of my forthcoming book, I do not want the title to cloud the release of the book with any negativity,” said Krupp, who is also a contributor to People StyleWatch. “In any case, thank you to Danica — I now have an even better title.” The book will be published in March by Springboard Press, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing.
SIMS SERVICE: The funeral has been set for model Naomi Sims, who passed away last Saturday. The service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, located at 980 Park Avenue at 84th Street in Manhattan. It will be followed by a private burial. The legendary Sims, who died from cancer in Newark, broke racial barriers and became the first African-American model to appear on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal and Life magazine. — Marc Karimzadeh
PLAYBOY’S LOSS: In the first earnings period to be reported under new chief executive Scott Flanders, Playboy Enterprises recorded a net loss of $8.7 million, which included a restructuring charge related primarily to closing its New York office. During the same quarter last year, Playboy recorded a loss of $3.2 million. In the print/digital division, revenues were down $3.9 million during the second quarter, to $28.3 million. Advertising revenue dropped 38 percent to $3.5 million and the company expects a 47 percent decline in ad pages during the third quarter, when one fewer issue will be published than during the prior-year period. — A.W.