Cynthia Leive is the editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine, which reaches more than 12 million readers each month and outsells more than 98 percent of magazines on the newsstand today, and glamour.com, the leading young women’s magazine site. Leive is also a women’s lifestyle contributor for the Today show and the author of Glamour’s Big Book of Dos & Don’ts: Fashion Help for Every Woman. She serves on the board of directors for the International Women’s Media Foundation and is the president ex-officio of the American Society of Magazine Editors.
Leive’s work has been recognized inside and outside of the media industry. A major force in the business, Leive was named the “Most Powerful U.S. Fashion Magazine Editor” by Forbes. In 2008 she received a White House Project EPIC Award for publishing In Search of Hope: The Global Diaries of Mariane Pearl. In 2006 she received a Matrix Award from Women in Communications; a Champion of Choice Award from NARAL-NY for her continued coverage of women’s health; and, along with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gloria Steinem, a Lead Her Award from Girls Learn International for her activism in bringing Pakistani heroine Mukhtar Mai to the United States for the first time.
A graduate of Swarthmore College, Leive began her career in publishing at The Paris Review and The Saturday Review. Prior to joining Glamour in May 2001, Leive served as editor-in-chief of Self magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, film producer Howard Bernstein, daughter Lucy and son Isaac.