Lady Mags Not So Hot For Hillary

Lady Mags Not So Hot For Hillary

In the February issue of Vogue, editor in chief Anna Wintour scolds Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton for blowing off a photo shoot because of a "fear of looking too feminine," or so the former woman was told by campaign brass. The idea that Mrs. Clinton "must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power," Ms. Wintour wrote, "is frankly dismaying."

Well, then! With the fashion czarina's opinion in the public domain, and Super Tuesday around the corner, Off the Record wondered: Would major women's magazines--which have historically enjoyed quite a cozy relationship with first ladies--take a stand and endorse Mrs. Clinton for president?

Five of the half-dozen surviving "Seven Sisters" publications--Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Good Housekeeping and Woman's Day--all said no.

"Just because she's running this year we wouldn't change our tack and endorse her because she's a woman," said Linda Fears, the editor in chief of Family Circle, which published Mrs. Clinton's rolled-oats-laced chocolate-chip confection recipe after her 1992 homemaker-offending gaffe about how she "could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas" instead of becoming a hotshot lawyer (it trounced Barbara Bush's submission). "We wouldn't endorse along party lines for any reason--it's not something we do."

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