Winfrey gets exhibit in Smithsonian

It’s not often that someone gets to actually see an exhibit of their life, let alone actually have one dedicated to them. But for Oprah Winfrey, both of those just came true.

According to AOL, the famed journalist, TV personality and spiritual guru received her own exhibit dedicated to her life’s legacy in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Called “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture,” AOL reports that the exhibit “includes videos from the start of her career, personal mementos and more.”

Among some of the cool artifacts incorporated into the display is the red dress Winfrey wore in “the iconic Oprah Winfrey Show episode when she surprised the entire audience with a new car,” according to AOL, an outfit Winfrey herself explained she chose to match the ribbon on the cars she gave away.

Also included is a journal entry Winfrey wrote the night before the national debut of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986, says AOL, that wonders how her forthcoming show might affect her life:

“Exactly eight hours before the national first show,” it reads, according to AOL. “I keep wondering how my life will change. If it will change. What all this means. Why have I been so blessed? Maybe going national was to help me realize that I have an important work or that this work is important. I just know that I must be pressed to the work of the high calling.”

And change her life it did.

 

Needleman named ‘Harper’s’ editor at large

Sometimes, you need a change — in your style, career and life. And for Deborah Needleman, that change is coming in the form of a new job.

According to Fashionista, the former editor in chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine has been tapped to become an editor at large for Harper’s Bazaar. Effective immediately, Fashionista says Needleman will report to Harper’s editor in chief Glenda Bailey and will be “responsible for contributing story ideas.”

Previously, Fashionista says Needleman served as an editor for WSJ magazine and also was a founding editor at Domino.

Lively takes down reporter

Not every red carpet is about fashion. In fact, most aren’t, as they should be a celebration of accomplishments and not looks — especially that of Variety magazine’s Powered by Women luncheon.

According to Glamour, Blake Lively — an honoree at this year’s event for her work to end child pornography — was met not with a question about her endeavors but about her fashion choices, and decided to let the reporter know how inappropriate the question was.

“Are we really doing this? Would you ask a man that?” Lively said, according to a video captured by USA Today’s Maeve McDermott, reports Glamour. “[I hope we] become more aware, and that we change, and that we build women up. So, you can ask me another question.”

Attending the luncheon for her work with Child Rescue Coalition, a group that seeks to not only “apprehend and convict abusers of children,” but to also rescue those affected and prevent future abuse, Glamour points out that the journalist’s questions on fashion were egregiously unmerited, especially within the context of Lively’s speech:

“The kids are getting younger and the content is getting more devastating,” she said, according to USA Today. “When a law enforcement officer told me this, I asked, ‘How young are the victims?’ And he told me infants—and I have a 6-month-old daughter.”

Here’s hoping future reporters can focus more on what others do instead of how they look.

Winfrey to join ’60 Minutes’

Oprah Winfrey just scored a brand-new job.

According to The Cut, Winfrey will return to her television journalism roots to be a special correspondent to CBS’s 60 Minutes. Winfrey will begin her post in fall 2017, says The Cut, joining the news magazine show for its 50th season.

As for the kinds of stories she’ll cover for 60 Minutes, The Cut says Winfrey will report on issues that will “help facilitate real conversations between people from different backgrounds.”

CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King spoke on her longtime friend’s new appointment, reports NPR, saying that Winfrey’s new gig will be a way for her to do what she loves: storytelling.

“She has said all the time that she doesn’t miss the day-to-day of the show, but what she does miss is storytelling and connecting with people, women in particular,” King said. “And being able to meet and talk to them and interact with them. That’s what she misses. So to me, this is a perfect marriage.”

 

 

‘Glamour’ goes all-female for February issue

When a magazine designed for women has most of their creative content done by men, there is a problem. That’s why Glamours latest issue features photography, styling, hair and makeup done solely by women.

On on Jan. 3 , Glamour Editor in Chief Cindi Leive published an article on the magazine’s website detailing the percentages of women contributing to the visual elements of the magazine that motivated the change.

“Only 37 percent of the photographers we were using in our own print pages were female, and 32 percent of the hairstylists. (Forty-nine percent of makeup artists were female, but dismayingly the ratio got lower as the story got bigger.)” she wrote.

Sharing that Glamour isn’t the only magazine with the issue, Leive said that she knew it was time to make a change and move toward gender parity. Beginning with their February issue, Leive wrote, “from first page to last, every photo we commissioned was created by a woman: photographers, stylists, hair, makeup, everything.”

Additionally, the magazine will make a concerted effort to increase the number of women in “creative-contributor roles” throughout the year, marking a New Year’s resolution of sorts for the glossy.

Leive closed her announcement of Glamour’s latest endeavor by pointing out that both men and women offer equally valuable contributions, ones that can only be recognized when they are given a chance to shine.

“Women and men alike can be adventurous, experimental, relatable, accessible, or wildly artistic, and our vision of fashion and beauty and life will be richer when all our voices are heard. I can’t wait for Glamour to be part of that.”

Kudos to you, Glamour.