BROWN ON BONNIE: “It’s astonishing. She’s the pushiest girl alive, but she has a lot to push,” said Helen Gurley Brown, referring to Bonnie Fuller, editor in chief of US Weekly. “She’s made it happen at US.”
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Brown, along with such industry executives as Stephen Colvin, David Granger, David Carey, Myrna Blyth, Ed Needham, John Mack Carter, Leonard Lauder, Barbara O’Dair and Donald Robertson were among those toasting Fuller at the Four Seasons Wednesday night for being named Ad Age’s Editor of the Year.
Brown, former editor in chief of Cosmo, who’s now editor in chief of Cosmo’s 47 international editions, as well as a best-selling author, recalled that when Fuller succeeded her at Cosmo in 1996, she was supposed to train Fuller for two years, “but Bonnie got the hang of it in two weeks.”
But enough about Bonnie.
In early 2004, St. Martin’s Press will publish a collection of letters Brown has written to all sorts of people during her lifetime. “I’ve had success writing letters. People save them,” she said. Two years ago, St. Martin’s Press published Brown’s memoirs, “I’m Wild Again.”
HE KNOWS IT WHEN HE SEES IT: When Victoria’s Secret turned on the sizzle with its racy Wednesday broadcast of scantily clad models, Federal Communications Commission member Michael Copps got hot under the collar — enough so that he wants to rewrite the commission’s definition of indecency.
Copps, one of five commissioners, said he received about 300 complaints about the show. Last year, he argued that the show violated the FCC’s decency guidelines, but was overruled by his fellow commissioners. Hence Thursday’s suggestion that the decency guidelines be changed.
“The current definition of indecency to me should be capturing for enforcement purposes some of these programs and it is not,” Copps told reporters. Copps also wants the FCC to consider excessive violence indecent, as well as models in their skivvies.
— Joanna Ramey
FUR’S FLYING: British pop star Sophie Ellis Bextor is fronting PETA’s winter anti-fur campaign.
Dressed in a black evening gown, Bextor holds the dead body of a skinned fox. The caption reads, “Here’s the rest of your fur coat.” The campaign was shot by Mary McCartney Donald, Paul McCartney’s eldest daugher and Stella’s sister.
— Ellen Burney
SCHIEFFER TO TEEN VOGUE: Sharon Schieffer has been named director of public relations for Teen Vogue, a new post. She’ll handle both the editorial and business p.r. Schieffer had been deputy director of public relations for Vanity Fair.
She left VF in July to travel and free-lance.She reports to Maurie Perl, senior vice president of corporate communcations at Condé Nast.