Harry Voguer and the Lucinda Chambers of Secrets

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Lucinda Chamber is a 50-something-year-old woman who was fired from her job.

She walked the glossy magazine equivalent of the green mile a couple of months ago, but the world at large knew nothing of it until Monday when her interview with Vestoj ex-fucking-ploded.

But why is everyone from Teen Vogue to Man Repeller and non-fashiony publications from the New York Times to The Guardian to The Irish Times talking about it? Why should anyone care that this talented, creative, unique individual with 36 years of respect in the fashion industry shall henceforth be known as the woman who shat on Vogue?

Because she was honest. She’s clearly rather miffed at her unceremonious departure from an institution she probably thought she could leave on her own terms (she says her firing by new editor Edward Enniful took all but five minutes), but she’s honest.

She may also have become severely institutionalised. They say that happens to a person who works in the same place for over seven years. Chambers worked her way up from the accounts department to Fashion Editor – a role she held for 25 years. That’s a lot of time to become very used to the place, and to become overly secure in your place in it.


But despite being at the core of Vogue for decades, she insists that she never “led a Vogue-y kind of life”. And yet she seems like the most Vogue-y person ever, wearing homemade tutus to work and whatnot (that happened). Then again, she entered fashion mag life in the ’80s when most staffers got the job because of who they knew. Chambers got to where she got on merit and hard work and luck. If she wasn’t a Vogue-y sort of person back then, she is now.

Her replacement is Venetia Scott; a former Vogue staffer turned fashion photographer turned back into a Vogue staffer – and Edward E’s first hire as Editor-in-Chief. It’s a classic out with the old in with the new tactic and long-termers reaching retirement age shouldn’t have been surprised that he wants to put his own stamp on things.

New bosses often inherit staff, and this often leads to problems. The boss may have a vison that the staff member just doesn’t fit into, and the staff member may hate the new head’s vision. It can’t work.

It doesn’t stop a fired employee from being resentful, though, and airing feelings like this can backfire. I once vented about former employment experience in a job interview, and when I had finished, I knew I had blown my chances of getting the job. Once a venter, always a venter.

People who knew her name will remember her legacy, the rest of the Internet reading world will know her as a bitter former employee.

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