This morning venerated Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive announced she was stepping down from her role. This marks the fourth major departure from a well-known magazine in as many weeks. The others are Vanity Fair‘s Graydon Carter, Elle‘s Robbie Myers, and Time‘s Nancy Gibbs.
Big news (for me!): I’ve just shared with my team that I’ll be leaving @glamourmag at the end of the year…
— Cindi Leive (@cindi_leive) September 14, 2017
Leive wouldn’t give details about what her next moves were, but she did offer a few clues. “I’m not going to another big media job or to a similar position at another company,” she told the New York Times, adding “I adore my kids, but I’m not leaving to spend more time with my kids.”
What does that mean? Who knows! But it’s interesting to compare that to the Times‘ piece announcing Carter’s resignation:
[Carter] has “the rough architecture” of a future project in mind, perhaps involving new forms of storytelling, but he demurred on the details. “I’m not a big announcer,” Mr. Carter said, tortoiseshell glasses in hand. “Best to fail quietly at the beginning of something rather than make grand pronouncements.”
Could it possibly be that the venerated editors of legacy publications are teaming up to spearhead some big new venture outside of their respective print niches? Anything is possible, although this is surely a long shot. Yet people on Twitter are still wondering:
Glamour’s editor to step down…. joining other magazine editors from Conde Nast, Time Inc, Hearst… https://t.co/ITa0eihhJ3
— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) September 14, 2017
please tell me all these women mag editors stepping down are about to launch some kind of new media coup
— Delia Cai (@deezlia) September 14, 2017
Wouldn’t that just be a grand–dare I say magazine-esque–thing to do?