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Condé Nast Forces Fashion Journal to Amend Revealing Interview With Ex-Vogue Editor

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Former British Vogue editor Lucinda Chambers gave a revealing interview this week about everything she hates about fashion including many anecdotes about the inner-workings of Vogue. Now, Condé Nast has asked the website where it was published to amend the interview for defamatory statements.

Earlier this week the website Vestoj, where it was published, temporarily took the piece down because of its “sensitive nature.” It was then republished in full. Now, the site has added an amendment to the piece which reads:

Following the original publication of this article, we’ve been contacted by lawyers on behalf of Conde Nast Limited and Edward Enninful OBE and have been requested to amend the interview. This request has now been granted.

The section amended, the website The Fashion Law points out, concerns Chambers’s firing. An archived version reads:

A month and a half ago I was fired from Vogue. It took them three minutes to do it. No one in the building knew it was going to happen. The management and the editor I’ve worked with for twenty-five years had no idea. Nor did HR. Even the chairman told me he didn’t know it was going to happen. No one knew, except the man who did it – the new editor. Afterwards I walked out and ran into the publisher. ‘Oh Lucinda! How are you?’ I told him I’d just been fired. He said, ‘Outrageous! Ridiculous! Crazy!’ I phoned my lawyer; she asked me what I wanted to do about it. I told her I wanted to write a letter to my colleagues to tell them that Edward [Enninful] decided to let me go. And to say how proud I am to have worked at Vogue for as long as I did, to thank them for being such brilliant colleagues. My lawyer said sure, but don’t tell HR. They wouldn’t have wanted me to send it.

And now reads:

A month and a half ago I was fired from Vogue. I phoned my lawyer; she asked me what I wanted to do about it. I told her I wanted to write a letter to my colleagues to tell them that Edward [Enninful] decided to let me go. And to say how proud I am to have worked at Vogue for as long as I did, to thank them for being such brilliant colleagues. My lawyer said sure, but don’t tell HR. They wouldn’t have wanted me to send it.

Looks like someone was likely threatened with a cease and desist!