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I am so excited and happy to hear this news. I think Constance White is an amazing person, and oh so perfect for this job. In my opinion, Essence hasn’t been the same in a while. I, and other women, haven’t been all that pleased with what the magazine was selling for a long time. I feel like they lost touch with the modern Black woman. Constance White should do a good job of making the magazine great again. What do you think?
According to WWD:
Constance C.R. White, former style director and brand consultant for eBay, has been tapped as editor in chief of Essence. She succeeds Angela Burt-Murray, who moved to Atlanta in November with her family. In addition to eBay, White served as founding fashion editor for Talk magazine, style reporter for the New York Times and executive fashion editor for Elle. Former Essence editor Marcia Ann Gillespie, who assisted in the editor in chief search, joins the magazine as special project director.
According to WWD,
VOGUE’S OBAMA TREATMENT: Speaking of the new administration, it appears Vogue has finally landed First Lady Michelle Obama for a cover — and it could be out in the next few weeks. Thank Obama’s hairdresser for confirming the news: Frédéric Fekkai stylist Johnny Wright this week inked a deal with television production company 44 Blue, which produces reality shows such as Style Network’s “Split Ends.” The news reports on the deal said Wright “has styled the First Lady’s coif for the Democratic National Convention, her upcoming appearance on the cover of Vogue magazine and other occasions.” Really? An e-mail to Wright’s publicist went unreturned. A Vogue spokesman stayed on script about whether Michelle Obama will make a cover appearance, saying simply, “We’re very interested in working with the First Lady.”
Nevertheless, all signs point to go for Mrs. Obama’s cover turn. Photographer Annie Leibovitz, who shoots for many Condé Nast titles, including Vogue and Vanity Fair, was spotted in Washington last week leaving the Hay-Adams Hotel, where the Obamas were staying before their eventual move to the White House. And since the March Vogue’s spring fashion issue, which hits newsstands in mid-February, is one of the thickest of the year, most observers suspect that would be the most likely one to feature the new First Lady (and family). Though it isn’t known which designer Michelle Obama will adorn for the shoot, insiders suspect she may choose some looks off the rack. Being that she’s already expressed her affection for J. Crew — which she wore during the inaugural festivities — and Target, don’t be surprised if she opts for one of those.