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Joanna Coles on Her Plans For Cosmopolitan

Exclusive: Joanna Coles Is "Not Going to Muddle" at Cosmopolitan

Joanna Coles says she doesn't want to rock the boat at Cosmopolitan now that she's been appointed the magazine's editor in chief.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the staff properly and getting in there and getting my head under the hood," Coles told us Wednesday after moderating a panel at the Democratic National Convention. "It's very successful. I'm not going to muddle."

Coles added that under her watch, the magazine will still be dedicated to "strong, independent women who like to have fun. I mean, Helen Gurley Brown's idea was, 'Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere,'" she said. "I'd rather be a bad girl."

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While Coles — previously editor of Marie Claire for over six years — may not have specific plans for the magazine itself, she told WWD on Tuesday that she has "ideas for partnerships and leveraging some of the brand and expanding various bits of it. Opening it up more editorially."

Coles will officially take over for outgoing editor Kate White on Sept. 10. She will be replaced at Marie Claire by Annie Fulenwider, the former editor in chief of Brides.

— Additional reporting by Annie Scudder.

Photo via Marie Claire.

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