OUT, BUT REMAINING: Martha McCully is packing it in after almost six years as executive editor at In Style — at least, her full-time gig. She claimed Wednesday that she was giving up her desk to become a consultant to In Style so she could “pursue other opportunities” outside the Time Inc. title.
McCully said she will remain on the masthead for a while, but is looking forward to pursuing other interests in the beauty, wellness and entertainment worlds, both online and on television. “I’m excited about getting back in the beauty world, and doing more projects there,” she said. “I’ll also be writing for other magazines and doing different projects.”
In addition, McCully plans to do some travel writing and will balance her time between Los Angeles and New York. Next month, she will begin taping the third season of “Design Star,” the HGTV interior design reality show that she judges, along with Cynthia Rowley and Vern Yip. In Style hasn’t named a replacement for McCully; however, some observers saw the duties taken up by deputy managing editor Eilidh MacAskill, who is returning from maternity leave, as being similar to those of McCully’s. — Amy Wicks
BEAUTY ALONE: Add another title to the unlikely grab bag of magazines trumpeting their increased beauty coverage: Vanity Fair has its first-ever beauty director. SunHee Grinnell has been promoted from senior photography and beauty editor, having served in dual photo and beauty editing roles there at various intervals since 1990. Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter said in a statement, “Especially as we expand our coverage of the beauty industry on the Web, this is an ideal role for her.”
Asked to elaborate on what such increased beauty coverage on the Web might look like, a spokeswoman said: “Nothing has been solidified yet,” but mentioned as possibilities a more-frequently updated Web version of the magazine’s beauty page or listings of “beauty happenings” in major cities. — Irin Carmon
SWAPPING SPOTS: Did Lesley Rotchford miss the expansive cafeteria at Hearst Tower that much? The former Cosmopolitan features editor left the magazine eight months ago to become articles editor at Allure, but is returning to her former stomping grounds as deputy editor. Rotchford replaces Theresa O’Rourke, who left last month to join Every Day with Rachael Ray as executive editor. Rotchford spent six-and-a-half years at Cosmo before jumping to Allure in June. She will return to her old digs Monday. — Stephanie D. Smith
This story first appeared in the February 21, 2008 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT DIDDY: Sean Combs didn’t know that Time’s “10 Questions” live event Wednesday morning would be more intense than an average meet-and-greet, but he took an hour to answer questions from Time readers on his career trajectory, the New York marathon and which of his many names would go on his headstone (Sean John Combs, if you were wondering). The event, held at Time’s Midtown offices, is an expansion of the “10 Questions” feature in the magazine and on its Web site. The magazine invited Combs to tape an interview with time.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel in front of an audience, and the video will go up on time.com today with an edited story appearing in the Time issue out Friday. During the interview, Combs compared himself with P.T. Barnum when describing his multifaceted career as an entrepreneur, fashion designer and entertainer. He also said he gets his news from television, not newspapers, because it’s hard to focus. Combs also admitted he didn’t have the same hunger for news as journalists after launching and shuttering his own title, Notorious, in the late Nineties. “There could be something that happens and you all can leave me sitting here,” he said. “It’s just a lot of work.” — S.D.S.