Tina Brown: "If you're a woman, you have to be gold in a silver job"


Former editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair Tina Brown is fed up with the double standards female leaders face. During a sitdown on “Salon Talks” where she detailed her new podcast “TBD with Tina Brown.”, the legendary former editor of Vanity Fair and the New York discussed her own frustrations with how her legacy has been written.

Brown mentioned a review and how her tenure at The New Yorker was written up, versus her predecessor. “It describes my tenure at The New Yorker this way: ‘And then there was Tina Brown, who spent a lot of money, gave a lot of parties, and never published anything that wasn't something she could read on the StairMaster,’” referring to a 2006 Guardian article that describes both her and Remnick’s involvement at the magazine. “Excuse me?” Brown says when referring to her nearly “seven years of intense hard work” at the magazine.

And her legacy, being the editor from 1992 to 1998, involved bringing on a whole slew of well-known writers, many of whom are still there, including her predecessor David Remnick. “I hired 40 or 50 people and amongst the people I hired were Malcolm Gladwell, Jeffrey Toobin, you know, Ken Auletta, Jane Mayer, Anthony Lane, David Remnick, et cetera, really completely changed blood, brought photographs for the first time, changed covers.”

Watch the video above to hear why Tina Brown’s legacy is more than just Stairmaster reading. And check out the full episode to learn about Brown’s new podcast “TBD with Tina Brown.” where she returns to her early roots as a journalist candidly interviewing writers, actors, activists and thought leaders.


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