Choker to champ

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TINA Brown — whose di­aries dur­ing her time run­ning Van­ity Fair will be pub­lished later this year — says that her first shot at mov­ing to New York was a bust. “You can have an op­por­tu­nity that con­fronts you and you can choke,” she re­called to us on Mon­day. “It hap­pened to me when I was first of­fered Van­ity Fair in 1983. I choked the first time be­cause I was young, I came from Lon­don and did not know any­body in New York. And I sort of ran back to Lon­don. I clearly was not ready for it. But it was only eight months, I had to wait for the op­por­tu­nity again... while I was in Lon­don, I sat back bit­ing my tongue and thought, ‘Why was I such a wimp?’ I cer­tainly re­gret­ted say­ing ‘No,’ but I had the op­por­tu­nity to say, ‘Yes,’ so I did.” She wound up be­ing named VF edi­tor-in-chief in 1984. On Mon­day, Brown mod­er­ated an all-fe­male panel hosted by Trav­el­zoo, the only US listed com­pany to have 80 per­cent of its board seats held by women. At the Spring Stu­dios event, where guests in­cluded Carol

Alt, Ju­dith Light and Grace Hightower, Brown added, “Luck is def­i­nitely a part of women achiev­ing iconic mo­ments in their lives — it is tough out here. It is the will­ing­ness to take op­por­tu­nity. I had a great life in mag­a­zines.” But these days, “I do not read mag­a­zines like I once did. I have be­come some­one who reads on my phone. Mag­a­zines may be re­vived by the next gen­er­a­tion — it can be ‘vin­tage ex­cite­ment.’ ”

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