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TAKING OVER: Vogue has appointed Sylvana Soto-Ward as the director of special events, succeeding Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who resigned on Thursday. Since 2006, Soto-Ward has served as accessories editor, having joined the title in 2003 as assistant to editor in chief Anna Wintour. In addition, Megan Salt will join Vogue’s special events department as special event consultant. Salt has been working with the magazine on the Fashion’s Night Out program and formerly worked at HL Group. — Amy Wicks

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L.A. STORY: Lucy Danziger hosted a party at Sunset Towers on Thursday to fete Self’s Los Angeles issue, featuring new contributing editor, celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels, as its cover girl. “Jillian is the ultimate L.A. well-being lifestyle guru,” said Danziger, who filled the July issue with California-born fitness trends and stars’ favorite recipes.

“I want to do Lucy proud,” said Michaels, who called Danziger a “huge” mentor. “I’ve never had a female mentor — you start to think there’s no such thing. Women often feel like there’s only room enough for one of us.”

During the party, which drew AnnaLynne McCord, KaDee Strickland and Kathy Griffin, Danziger credited Los Angeles as being the launchpad for many of the health and fitness trends Self has covered for 30 years. “Whether it’s been yoga or raw food or vegan or mind, body, East-meets-West merging, a lot of it started in Southern California,” the editor in chief said. “It’s interesting because stars will be early adoptors. The way they look and feel is a part of their craft. As an actor or actress, your body is your tool.” Still, D-lister comedienne Griffin couldn’t resist poking fun at fitness. “I have a very serious regime of starvation and stress,” she pointed out. “I have gotten meaner as I have gotten thinner. I’m like the lost Olsen triplet.” — Ericka Franklin



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