Glamour responds: A letter from the editor
Dear Glamour readers,
Many of you have written over the last few weeks to ask about an Internet account of a Glamour staffer’s comments during a presentation at a law firm. I want to let you know what happened—and how the magazine responded.
Early in the summer, without the knowledge or permission of any of her supervisors at the magazine, a Glamour staffer accepted an invitation to give a lunchtime talk at the New York City law firm Cleary Gottlieb on the topic of what’s appropriate to wear to work. During the course of her talk, she commented to the audience that Afros were “a Glamour Don’t.” Women in the group, several of them African American, immediately objected to her words, offended at the idea that their natural hair was being termed inappropriate.
I, and the rest of Glamour management, first found out about this incident two months later, when reports of the presentation were published in The American Lawyer magazine—and I was appalled at the remark. Glamour is a magazine with 12 million readers who count on seeing themselves—women of all races, all types, all lifestyles—represented and supported in our pages. The idea that a woman cannot be herself and still get ahead at work runs contrary to Glamour’s message of empowerment (and, incidentally, to the reality of today’s workplace), and I am still outraged that women heard such nonsense.
To be clear: Glamour did not, does not, and would never endorse the comments made; we are a magazine that believes in the beauty of all women. This incident was treated very seriously by Glamour management, and the staffer has since resigned. We’ve extended a full apology to the law firm she addressed, and I extend the same apology to all of you.
Bottom line: Bitch got fired!!!