Jenna Lyons is the subject of Sunday’s New York Times Style Section cover story, which is timely for many reasons: All the Obama ladies are wearing J. Crew right now; she recently sorta “officially” came out of the closet in a speech at the Glamour Awards; and Jodie Foster opened up in a similar way at last week’s Golden Globes.
Lyons addresses the speech, in which she acknowledged her relationship with Courtney Crangi, for the first time, saying,
It’s just as surprising to me as it probably is to everyone else. It certainly is strange to wake up, at 44, and look at the person next to you and think: ‘Oh! This wasn’t what I expected.’ But I don’t think love works that way, and I am O.K. with that.
She also says “It has been challenging this past year,” and that she’s been “sort of shocked with the level of interest” in her personal life.
Her boss Mickey Drexler saw a silver lining to the whole ordeal, which included lots of press coverage of her supposedly “nasty” divorce, going so far as to say it made her more appealing:
“She went through this public period that was, let’s call it, maybe slightly scandalous,” he said. “And I think that made her, in a perverse way, very appealing, because who in the world doesn’t deal with issues? I saw her grow dramatically from having suffered that adversity — grow in her own confidence, in her own appeal. And it wasn’t like she hired a bunch of public relations people to cover anything over. She handled it with a great amount of dignity.”