- Last Updated: 10:30 PM, August 19, 2012
- Posted: 10:16 PM, August 19, 2012
The Issue: The passing of Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.
Helen Gurley Brown’s accomplishments should be celebrated, especially during this period when we acknowledge her passing (“Death of a Salesgirl,” Kathleen Parker, PostOpinion, Aug. 15).
The fact is, Brown injected excitement into the faltering magazine business when she took over Cosmopolitan.
The magazine — along with her personal appearances — inserted a certain transformative liveliness and line of thought into the daily discourse when Cosmopolitan was at its peak.
She aged gracefully and well, inspiring many. From all accounts, she was a devoted spouse.
Longtime Cosmopolitan editor Brown helped revolutionize the women’s-magazine industry.
She instituted revealing, sexy covers that included deep-cleavaged beauties and put in male centerfolds like Burt Reynolds.
She also created the model for the new, modern-aged woman, who was as smart and independent as she was sexy and fashionable.
Brown talked about issues that were important to women, including sex, which was previously frowned upon as not lady-like.
Huntington Beach, Calif.
Rest in peace, Brown. You did more for feminism than Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem combined.Tommy DeJulio
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