Clinton, the executive vice president, chief marketing officer and publishing director at Hearst Magazines, somehow manages to find the time beyond his day-to-day responsibilities to visit 115 countries and all seven continents, and then collect his thoughts for "Wanderlust," "Global Snaps" and, now, "Global Faces." "I really work my vacation time," he said. "I went to Dubai over Thanksgiving. It's a 12-hour flight and I just went for Thursday, Friday and Saturday." And his globe-trotting has worked out well for Hearst: While traveling in Asia, he came across a mini magazine, affixed to magazine covers, that he had never seen before. Clinton found out the idea had never been done in the U.S., so he approached Revlon, which became the sole advertiser for the mini mags that appeared on a few Hearst covers, including Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire.
Upon arriving at a new locale, he grabs his digital camera and begins walking the streets, talking to people along the way and asking if he can take their picture. For some, the images that come out of Clinton's camera represent the first time they have seen their own picture. For others, Clinton's presence sparks conversation. "In Dubai, people really wanted to know why America is in Iraq and what we think of the Arabs," he added. This year, for the book, he's also traveled to Madagascar, Mozambique and Paraguay. Clinton also visited the Arctic Circle in August 2006 — in 65-degree weather. He saw firsthand how the lives of the local fishermen have drastically changed, as well as the vegetation patterns.
Clinton said "Global Faces" is part of a trilogy, with "Global Remains" coming next. It will be "about anything on the planet Earth that has been man-made but is now abandoned, like the airplane graveyard in Arizona or old factories," he offered. Clinton said his travel experiences have put his work in publishing and fashion into perspective. "I've seen how many unsolvable problems there are in the world. I also have more credibility speaking on places [I've visited] because I've seen so much firsthand. People will listen to me more."