On a recent trip to New York City, Alicia Menendez made a stop at the offices of a few of the women behind some of our favorite magazines. She sat down with Marie Claire’s editor-in-chief, Anne Fulenwider, who previously led Brides magazine and served as senior editor for Vanity Fair.
For years Marie Claire has published thought-provoking articles, often with a feminist twist–a trend that is now being adopted by several other women’s magazines and blogs.
“I like to call it a ‘Marie Claire moment’ in culture,” Fulenwider said. The U.S. version of Marie Claire will celebrate its 20th anniversary this September. “Women’s magazines have always been a reflection of the culture. I think Marie Claire has always had a strong feminist bent and I think other magazines are just catching up.”
And for those who are as confused about how you pronounce the magazine’s name, Fulenwider makes it simple.
“It doesn’t matter how you pronounce it,” Fulenwider told Menendez. “It’s the Marie Claire way to not care how you pronounce Marie Claire.”
Fulenwider went on to tell Menendez that for her and many other professionals, a work-life balance is simply unrealistic.
“I think the word ‘balance’ should be struck from the dictionary in women’s lives. There is enough pressure on all of us anyways. Do not try to seek balance. It doesn’t exist,” she said. “Embrace the chaos.”
Credit: Claudia Pou, Alicia Menendez, Ignacio Torres, Paola Bolano