Former 'GQ' Style Guy Takes the Reins at 'Maxim'

Glenn O'Brien - P 2015
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Glenn O'Brien - P 2015

Glenn O'Brien has been appointed editor-at-large in the wake of Kate Lanphear's dismissal as editor-in-chief.

With Kate Lanphear officially out as editor-in-chief at Maxim, WWD reports that the mag has tapped Glenn O'Brien, perhaps better known as GQ's former Style Guy, to take her place. 

O'Brien made waves earlier this year for slamming GQ editors in an interview with Four Pins following his dismissal after 15 years at the men's magazine. In addition to his time as a columnist, O'Brien also wrote for Details, co-wrote Madonna's Sex book and served as the creative director at Barneys New York. 

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Though his new title is editor-at-large rather than editor-in-chief, his job description is essentially the same as that of Lanphear, who lasted only six months at the title. When asked why he wasn't credited as editor-in-chief, O'Brien explained to WWD, "I can't take that kind of pressure." 

During Lanphear's short stint, Maxim underwent two redesigns, beginning with her more female-friendly approach to the Hot 100 list, which ranked Taylor Swift at number one. The second redesign was announced shortly before her dismissal, and includes larger and thicker pages as well as more extensive features. 

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The past week has seen a quite a bit of shuffling in the magazine world, with Lucky magazine shutting its doors for good, Nylon editor-in-chief Michelle Lee being ousted and replaced by deputy editor Melissa Giannini, Cosmopolitan for Latinas converting to a completely digital platform and the departure of T: The New York Times' Style Magazine's Joe McKenna, who served as the fashion director-at-large.