Journalist and writer who worked on several women’s magazines before taking the helm as editor at the LadyArline Usden, who has died aged 75, was a magazine editor, journalist and author of books on health, beauty, diet and exercise. She will be remembered for modernising Britain’s longest-running weekly magazine for women, the Lady.She was the eighth editor of the Lady since its launch in 1885, and in her 18 years there from 1991 introduced colour, computers, interviews, designers, and both men and celebrities on the cover. Arline said: “When I arrived, the magazine’s editorial content was almost entirely made up of amateur features sent in on spec, and odds and ends by staff. Eventually, of course, we had commissioned features, interviews, cookery and fashion in colour, a wide variety of articles, reviews, special offers and puzzles, all adding up to a good read. We were feminist without being strident, we promoted women of achievement, we had a cartoon and a website. We had joined the 21st century.”Arline was born in Manchester, the second child of Jane and Leslie Usden, and grew up in cramped conditions in a house they shared with her grandmother in the poor Cheetham Hill district. Her …read more

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