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IF ONE IS GOOD, THEN WHY NOT TWO — OR THREE?: Apparently, Monday was Editor in Chief Day at the “Today” show. In what must have been the result of a scheduling mishap, show producers booked Cindi Leive (Glamour) and Robbie Myers (Elle) for two separate segments on virtually the same topic — the new ‘womanly’ figure. And not long after Myers’ bit wrapped up, Linda Wells of Allure hopped on air to talk with Natalie Morales about teeth whitening.
Accompanied by plus-size models Crystal Renn and Jennie Runk, Leive chatted with Meredith Vieira during the eight o’clock hour about the magazine’s June issue, which features a curvy and bikini-clad trio — Renn, Alessandra Ambrosio and Brooklyn Decker — on the cover.
She told Vieira that real women are the new sexy, adding she’s sensing a renewed appreciation for individuality and authenticity among women. (“I think the point is, listen, we all have curves and rolls and not everybody is perfectly straight up and down,” Leive said, “and we just wanted to send a message that there are lots of ways to look great in a swimsuit.”)
Then, about an hour later, Myers was in the hot seat opposite Ann Curry to talk about women and curves: Are they making a comeback? Well, sort of, explained the Elle editor, citing Louis Vuitton’s use of Elle Macpherson and Prada’s use of Victoria’s Secret models in their February runway shows. “Culture is shifting a little bit to women who look a little more realistic,” Myers told Curry, though she maintained women still want “a little idealization in our models and in our movie stars. You know, we want to project that, maybe, that’s a better version of ourselves.” (Curry clearly bought it — she gushed over Myers and her magazine.)
It was a lot of body talk for a Monday morning, to be sure, though neither Myers nor Leive seemed to mind that fact, or that they had been scheduled to talk about the same topic. “The more attention on this subject, the better,” Leive told WWD. She didn’t know Myers had been booked on the show prior to arriving at the studio. (Myers, meanwhile, e-mailed Leive from the green room, as she watched her colleague’s segment, to joke about their almost back-to-back appearances.) And at least outwardly, the two exhibited nothing but a love-in. “I thought she did a great job,” Leive said of Myers. “I’m a fan of Robbie’s.”
The feeling was mutual. “As always, Cindi’s a tough act to follow,” Myers told WWD. — Nick Axelrod and Amy Wicks