I Think Helen Gurley Brown Owned My Cabinet



I have this antique cabinet that I’m convinced belonged in former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown‘s NYC apartment. Indulge me here while I explain.

The longtime Cosmopolitan editor, who died Monday, August 13 at the age of 90, lived a storied life. No only was she the first to lead frank discussions about sex in women’s magazines in the 1960s, she was one of the first female editors to lead a historic, yet forward-thinking national newsstand publication. (Cosmopolitan was founded in 1886 as a family magazine. It later changed formats to a literary magazine and finally a women’s magazine in the 1960s.)

Before then, most women were relegated to the garden section or the society page, while most senior editorial posts were held by men. She wrote salacious headlines about sex and “getting” a man, while paving the way for women in a male-dominated newsroom. In a sense, Gurley Brown lived her famous quote, “Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.”

So, while writing a short piece for SUCCESS.com about Gurley Brown’s oft-reported quotes about lifestyle, money and career, I began a form a vivid picture in my mind of the woman who called everyone Pussycat. There’s an article and photo on the Guardian that shows Gurley Brown, sitting sideways in a chair, legs outstretched, with a drink in one hand and a long cigarette holder in the other… CONTINUE reading on SUCCESS.com.

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