“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” 

The world today lost a true editorial trailblazer – I’d even go so far as to say the first true editrix, the one that this here editrix has looked up to since I was a wee lass.

Helen Gurley Brown.

She edited the female bible Cosmopolitan for 32 years – many of which I coveted as a tween, teen and adult … hell, I still run to the newsstands to pick up the Beside Astrologer every January to see what the upcoming year holds.

HGB helped usher in the sexual revolution thanks to her book “Sex and the Single Girl” and without her, there’d probably be no “Sex and the City” or even that “Fifty Shades” phenom.

HBG helped women realize that it was OK to be smart, OK to be sexy and OK to want – and like – sex. And most importantly, she taught us females that is OK, more than OK, to be independent, to think for ourselves and to take any God damn path in life that we wanted.

Without Helen Gurley Brown, I probably wouldn’t know how to flirt – and I sure wouldn’t be where I am today without her paving the way for others to follow in her fabulous path, for others to be called editrix.



About nikkimmascali

I am an editor, writer and New Yorker who has ink for blood and the blog name + tattoo to prove it. Also of note: I follow more dogs than people on Instagram. This is my blog about reading, writing and absolutely no 'rithmetic because I am horrendous at math.
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3 Responses to RIP, HGB

  1. rebecca2000 says:

    It was a sad lost for us all. I am sad for her loss. I wrote a satirical/humorous review of Fifty Shade of Grey today, in memory of HGB Check it out at

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