Roberta MyersS

Robbie Myers is the editor-in-chief of Hachette's flagship women's title, Elle.

The child of hippie parents in the Midwest, Myers attended Colorado State and moved to New York after graduation in the early '80s, convinced her career lay in magazines. Following stints at Rolling Stone, Interview, Seventeen, and In Style, Myers became the editor at Mirabella, the Hachette-owned title previously edited by Dominique
Browning and her mentor, Amy Gross. After Mirabella was shuttered on Myers's watch in 2000, she moved over to sister mag Elle, replacing Elaina Richardson. The first cover under Myers' editorship, a cleavage-a-riffic shot of Britney Spears, was a risky choice, but definitely succeeded in creating buzz. Although several of the mag's spin-offs in recent years haven't been so successful—Elle Girl folded in 2006 and Elle Accessories folded in 2008—Elle soldiers on.

Big changes arrived at Elle at the end of 2006 when Myers tapped former Vitals editor Joe Zee to serve as creative director, effectively replacing international creative director Gilles Bensimon. After Zee came on board in February 2007, a number of staffers quit or were let go, and in April 2008 he finally managed to muscle out the only ego as big as his own, conspiring with Myers to strip Elle fashion director and Project Runway star Nina Garcia of her job. Despite the internal turmoil, Zee's arrival seems to have paid off. His redesign earned raves, and the magazine got a fresh injection of reality TV exposure on Stylista and The City.

Myers is married to architect Frank Michielli; he's a partner at the firm Davis Brody Bond. They have a daughter, Francesca, and a son, Michael. [Image via Getty]