Women Who Inspire: Cindi Leive

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NAME: Cindi Leive

AGE: 46

OCCUPATION: Editor-in-chief, Glamour magazine

WHO SHE IS: Cindi Leive has been on many “40 under 40” and “most powerful women” lists. She oversees the editorial content of a mega-magazine, has driven circulation to record levels and has earned an unprecedented number of awards, including a White House Project EPIC Award, a Matrix Award from Women in Communications and a Champion of Choice Award from NARAL-NY for her coverage of women’s health.

She tweets from the runways of Milan and lunches with Jason Wu and Brian Atwood. And though professionally she is indeed remarkable, that’s not why she’s on this list.

WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: As a neighbor and friend, the Cindi I know is most often in jeans or running tights — without makeup and sans entourage. She cooks up Super Bowl chili for 40 guests and hosts raucous sleepovers for rascally eight-year old boys. She is funny, thoughtful and totally comfortable in her own skin. Even if I didn’t know about her other life as a powerhouse editor, I’d still find her inspiring.

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