Yesterday, I read a fascinating interview with Architectural Digest's new powerhouse editor in chief (and former editor in chief of Elle Decor), Margaret Russell, by the founding editor in chief of Elle Decor, Barbara Dixon. I've long been a fan of Margaret, and in her short time with AD so far, she has already infused vitality and inspiration into its pages — both of which were dwindling. In any case, I decided I wanted to learn more about this very elegant, influential woman, so I spent a few too many hours doing some research.
Here are 10 things about Margaret Russell that I bet you didn't know!
- She's a middle child. — When Dixon asked what she wanted people to know about herself and AD, she responded, "Oh, please; I'm a middle child: it's always all about AD, it's not about me. My role is to honor the unique DNA of the brand, as I invigorate the editorial content and increase its relevance." How's that for middle child syndrome?
- Although she's "fascinated by all of the decorative arts, as well as fine art and antiques," Margaret admits: "I'm a modernist at heart."
- She has a broken foot! Margaret has been spotted around Fashion Week and other social events wearing a boot. Poor thing.
- Her first job in publishing was an editorial assistant at Glamour, but before then, she was a residential real-estate sales associate.
- Her favorite mental and physical escape is gardening.
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- She began her career at Elle Decor typing on typewriters!
- Margaret admits she's "too private" to have the interiors of her own home published. "I always prefer to focus on others," she says.
- She's house-hunting! Margaret tells The Huffington Post she recently started to look for a new apartment. Know of anything?
- Not only is she the former editor in chief of Elle Decor and the new editor in chief of Architectural Digest, but she's also written three books about design.
- Though she says she was "raised by parents who had a high level of expectation," for her, the design-oriented gene wasn't exactly in her family: her mother was a high school career resource center coordinator and her father worked at IBM as an assistant general counsel.
What other fun tidbits do you know about this lovely lady?