Legendary Editor, Beloved 'Great American Free Spirit,' Dies at 105

January 07, 2019Jan 07, 2019

The sad news was just reported that one of the most famous editors in magazine history has just passed away. Babs Simpson, a fashion editor for Vogue, passed away on Monday, January 7.

According to the New York Times, Babs Simpson died in Rye, New York at the age of 105. Her nephew confirmed her death.

Simpson had a profound impact on the fashion world throughout her time as an editor at Vogue. She spent over 25 years at the magazine and worked with several prominent photographers and models. Additionally, she was called an embodiment of the "great American free spirit."

About Simpson, Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour said, “What she was accomplishing during her time working in magazines was groundbreaking. While she was shooting Ernest Hemingway and Marilyn Monroe, she was also shooting a very simple black dress or a simple suit to give them personality as much as any public figure.”

One of the things that Babs was known most for during her time at Vogue was her quirky personality. According to reports, she often was found working with pet bird nesting in her hair.

When she was featured in a 2012 documentary about Vogue, Simpson said,  “I think that fashion is important because it revives one. I don’t think it’s just frivolous. Because I think it’s very depressing if one wore the same skirt and shirt forever.”

While Babs lived a glamorous life, she wasn’t one to talk about herself often. Ms. Goodman, the design editor of New York magazine, talked about Babs’ character.

She said, “A lot of people who have very grand lives bring them up a lot. And with Babs, she absolutely never did.”

Please be praying for Simpson's family during this time. She lived a long and successful life, but a loss of a family member, no matter the age, is difficult to grasp. Simpson had a profound impact on the fashion world and was loved by many! In other recent news, a singer just welcomed her fifth child into the world and issued a statement against those criticizing her.

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