Thomas tells of amazing journey
By LEIGH PRITCHARD
EDITORIAL director of Australia's highest-selling magazine, Deborah Thomas, said enjoying the journey and embracing opportunities in life was the secret to her success.
The Australian Women's Weekly editorial director said early on she did not know what she would do with her life.
Ms Thomas shared her journey from being a fine arts student in Victoria, to modelling haute couture fashion in Europe, to editing numerous fashion magazines, and her most important role as mother, with 140 people at yesterday's Grafton Artsfest luncheon at Grafton Community and Function Centre.
Ms Thomas said during her different careers she never lost her passion for magazines and fashion.
She said as editor of magazines Mode, Elle, Cleo and The Australian Women's Weekly, she had increased circulation.
Ms Thomas said when she was appointed editor in 1999, she saw a need to rejuvenate the Australian Women's Weekly as the business was suffering.
She introduced better journalism to 'protect an Australian icon'.
"I brought back the elegance, the aspirations and the country aspect of Women's Weekly," she said.
Ms Thomas said mentoring young journalists, including Cosmopolitan editor Mia Freedman, was the most rewarding part of her job.
In 2002 she was awared editor of the year and the Australian Women's Weekly was named magazine of the year at the Magazine Publishers of Australia Awards.
She became emotional when she spoke to the audience about the birth of her son, Oscar.
She said being a mother was her most important role in life.