Lucy Danziger is an American magazine editor notable for being the editor-in-chief of Self magazine. In addition, she is a competitive triathlete and the author of the best-selling The Drop 10 Diet book.
Danziger has been serving as editor-in-chief of Self since 2001, which is owned by Condé Nast Publications. During that time, Self was nominated for five National Magazine Awards in the public interest, personal service and essay categories. In 2006, Self won an award in the Personal Service category for their publication entitled the 2005 Breast Cancer Handbook. Danziger appeared on several television shows, including Today, The View and Good Morning America. She keeps a daily blog on the Self web site titled True to my SELF. In 2009, she gave up her car service and chose to bike to work instead.
After graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in 1978 and Harvard in 1982, she worked as an associate editor at New York magazine. Later, she worked the New York-based weekly 7 Days as the founding managing editor. She also served as the founding editor of Women’s Sports & Fitness from 1997 to 2000 and as an editor at The New York Times before becoming editor-in-chief at Self. A reporter described her in 2010:
It is difficult to imagine an editor who more embodies the magazine she runs. For almost 10 years, a tenure longer than most for magazine editors, she has brought her athletic enthusiasm, sartorial pragmatism and brimming self-confidence onto the pages of a magazine that spawned a new category for female readers when it started publishing in 1979.
Danziger has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, Vogue, Outside, Condé Nast Traveler, Skiing, Allure, Time and USA Today. She currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, her two children and her dog. She drives a black Vespa scooter which has the license plate "Lucy D". In 2012, she trained for a triathlon race which consists of running, biking and swimming, and one report suggested she lost 20 pounds in 6 months.
In an August 2009 blog post referring to the retouching of singer Kelly Clarkson's cover photograph in the September 2009 issue of Self, Danziger asserted that this is a common practice for the publication. She defended her position, saying "This is art, creativity and collaboration. It's not, as in a news photograph, journalism." Danziger also volunteered that her own photograph had been retouched at her request. In 2004, she completed a marathon in under five hours and wanted to include a picture by her editor's letter. She asked the art department to slim down her hips to reflect a more positive image of herself and does not see this as a conflict with her attitude that she is "confident in (her) body, and proud of what it can accomplish."
- JEREMY W. PETERS (October 17, 2010). "Redesigned, Self Adjusts Its Formula". The New York Times. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
- Lucy Danziger (March 29, 2012). "USA TODAY Best-Selling Books -- The Drop 10 Diet by Lucy Danziger". USA Today. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
- Note: ASME awards
- STEPHANIE CLIFFORD (October 25, 2009). "An Editor Is Trading Car Service for a Bike". The New York Times. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
- SHIVANI VORA (September 8, 2011). "Three Times the Effort, but Not the Cost". The New York Times. Retrieved April 11, 2012.