Visionary? Definitely. Stubborn? Sure. Egoistical? Why not? Bazaar captures the new image of power with seven women –from a whip-smart tabloid editor to a polished interior designer- who personify success.
August 2000

Photographed by Mary Ellen Mark
Photo Producer: Emily Vacchiano
Fashion Editor: Anna Levak


Maria Bartiromo
CNBC Anchor

Bartiromo gets the scoop on money markets and reports it live on the shows Market Week with Maria Bartiromo, Street Signs, Squawk Box, and Market Wrap.
Big break: Getting permission to bring a camera onto the trading floor. “At first, certain traders pushed me out of the way –it was like a boy’s club.”
Dress code: She’s not called the Money Honey for nothing. “I choose Armani because I like his colors. Red, purple, and white look good on air, and brown suits my skin tone. I also wear Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, and I love Gucci.”
Market forecast: Some Web sites believe her cowlick is an indicator of market fluctuations. Her response: “I don’t really think that’s a force in a $17 trillion market.”
Donegal tweed jacket, about $1195, Ralph Lauren Collection. Select Saks Fifth Avenue stores. Her own ring.


Xana Antunes
Editor, New York Post

Antunes, a British import, is the youngest editor to be given the top job at one of America’s favorite tabloids.
Why a tabloid? “We understand that The New York Times will give people a serious diet of news, but people turn to the Post to have fun and see the other side of life.”
Anxiety level: “I felt a lot more stress when I was a reporter than I have as an editor. As a reporter you have to get the story, and your competition may beat you to it. As an editor, you’re taking all that talent and molding it into the best product.”
Words to live by: Scoop, by Evelyn Waugh, a comedy about an aristocrat mistakenly sent to cover a war in Africa. “It puts this industry in perspective,” says Antunes. “Never take yourself too seriously. “
Matelassé jacket, about $1055, and stretch wool pants, about $305, Exte. Greta, Beverly Hills. Top, about $120, Hanro of Switzerland. Neiman Marcus stores nationwide. Her own earrings. Mules, Lizzy Disney.


Meryl Poster
Copresident of Production. Miramax Films

It’s the biggest movie cliché ever: eager minion in a talent-agency mailroom goes on to produce box-office hits. It’s also Poster’s life story.
Secret weapon: Don’t think youth rules Hollywood –the movie critic Poster listens to the most is her 91-year-old grandmother. “She has great taste. She loved Good Will Hunting.”
Celluloid inspiration: “The 1946 film The Best years of Our Lives, William Wyler’s tale of soldiers adjusting to life after World War II. It has swept me into the heavens of cinema time and time again.”
Word used most often: Harvey (as in Weinstein).
Stretch nylon jacket, about $595, and pants, about $350, Ralph Lauren Collection. Select Polo Ralph Lauren stores. Tank, about $15, Gap. Gap stores nationwide. Her own earrings and ring.


Lisa Belzberg
Chairman, Pencil

Through her non-profit organizations, Beltzberg has succeeded where others have stumbled: in getting people interested in improving New York City’s schools.
Big moment: “In the afternoon of the first Principal for a Day program (in 1995), the schools chancellor, Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., and I gathered everyone to share what they’d done that day. I realized that everybody –from Michael Douglas to venture capitalist Henry Kravis to the deli owner from Staten Island- had had the same experience. That’s the moment I knew it worked.”
Her secret: “Make it meaningful and doable, and people will want to get involved.”
School uniform: “My personal style changes every morning. But if my four-year-old (pictured here) had her choice, I’d be wearing sequined skirts every day.”
Her own cashmere cardigan and stretch pants, Prada. Wedges, Sergio Rossi. Her own watch and diamond necklace.


Barbara Guggenheim and Abigail Asher
Art Advisers

Warren Beatty and Aaron Spelling gladly hand over their bank accounts to this cultural duo: a Ph.D. in fine arts and her business partner, a feisty Brit.
Big break: None, says Guggenheim. “Our career has been one long, slow evolution.”
Role models: “Eleanor Roosevelt,” jokes Guggenheim. “In that case,” says Asher, “mine has to be the queen of England.”
Picture perfect: “We spent our lives worrying about how great a painting looks and, of course, the presentation, which is the frame,” explains Asher.
Far left, her own Giorgio Armani pantsuit. Shirt, Gucci. Left, jacket Dolce & Gabbana. Dolce & Gabbana, NYC. Cotton pants, about $90, Club Monaco. Club Monaco stores nationwide. Her own earrings.


Victoria Hagan
Interior Designer

With clients like Revlon’s Ronald Perelman and director Barry Sonnenfeld, Victoria Hagan is one of New York’s most sought-after designers.
On the job: “People assume that interior designers just like to shop. Don’t get me wrong –it’s not brain surgery. But it’s working with people, problem solving.”
Big break: “Back in 1989, my tiny one-bedroom apartment was featured in a magazine. I got a lot of calls after that.”
Trademark: “I use mirrors to reflect light and achieve a sense of space.”
Silk charmeuse blouse, about $500, Celine by Michael Kors. Bergdorf Goodman, NYC. Earrings, Cathy Waterman. Mirror, Tiffany & Co.

This portfolio: Hair, Sam Leonardi; makeup, Jens Gunnar.