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GOING TO THE INSIDE?: After a long and relatively quiet selection process, sources say The New York Times is close to revealing its pick for editor in chief of T. And, according to insiders, it will likely be Anne Christensen, a stylist by training and currently the magazine’s women’s fashion director. In the final weeks, Christensen is believed to have edged out another internal candidate, online director Horacio Silva. T has been functioning without an editor in chief for about a month, since Stefano Tonchi was tapped to head up W in late March. Vogue’s Sally Singer, who was considered a front-runner for the gig at the outset, is said to have turned down the Times’ offer — the newspaper’s wages no doubt falling far below those of Condé Nast’s. The New York Times declined comment.
— Nick Axelrod
FILLING SOME SPOTS: In other staffing news, New York has filled two top editorial slots, one via an internal promotion and another by way of a poach. The magazine has bumped senior editor Jon Steinberg to the all-important position of Strategist editor, where he succeeds Janet Ozzard, who departed in February to become editor in chief of Daily Candy. Steinberg had been its acting editor since Ozzard’s departure. And on the online side, the magazine has tapped Ashlea Halpern, formerly Time Out New York’s editor at large/shopping & style editor, to be fashion editor of nymag.com, effective June 2. Halpern’s primary responsibilities will include overseeing the blog The Cut and directing the site’s shopping and fashion week coverage. Halpern succeeds Amina Akhtar, who, among other things, launched The Cut and the Shop-A-Matic tool during her three-plus years at the site; Akhtar left in March to become editorial director and partner at iStyle Media, a social media company.
Elsewhere on the Internet, Style.com tapped Celia Ellenberg as senior beauty editor. Ellenberg, who had been freelancing for the site, will now supervise the Beauty Counter blog and oversee the expanded beauty coverage, video and other interactive features, which, a Style.com spokeswoman avowed, are all in the works.
CIAO!: After four years together, Seventeen magazine is breaking up with “America’s Next Top Model.” “ANTM has been a fantastic friend — with benefits! — but we both thought it was time we started seeing other people,” Ann Shoket, editor in chief, told WWD. The program will now randomly partner with Italian Vogue, perhaps with Steven Meisel behind the lens and even perhaps giving the winner the cover. It’s unclear whether the reality show couldn’t find another U.S. magazine to work with or if new judge André Leon Talley had something to do with the shift to Italian Vogue. The change of magazine was tweeted by a Los Angeles Times reporter on Thursday, from the CW up front. The most recent season finale of “America’s Next Top Model” garnered the network’s highest Wednesday-night ratings in total viewers since March 2009.
— Amy Wicks
BOTH SIDES OF THE CAMERA: Camille Bidault-Waddington — stylist, occasional model and perennial street-fashion muse — is adding “photographer” to her résumé. WWD has learned the Paris-based Bidault-Waddington, who is a consultant and stylist for labels such as Marc by Marc Jacobs, Sonia Rykiel, Chloé and A.P.C., and recently walked in Marc Jacobs’ fall collection show, has been snapping away for several magazines of late. She shot a fashion story for the forthcoming fall issue of Purple, the Olivier Zahm-fronted biannual (which published her first-ever photography effort several seasons back), and lensed another one for AnOther Magazine’s Web site, set to go up next week. Reached in Paris, Bidault-Waddington said she had also just been published in Io Donna, an Italian women’s weekly, and she’s working on another photo assignment for the title. However, she made it clear she has no plans to abandon styling. “I want to keep my own job and do the photographing, too,” Bidault-Waddington said, noting she’s styling all of her photo shoots. “I don’t want to do just one or the other.” But isn’t it tough to wear two hats at once? Not really, she said. “It’s fun.”