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The Glamour of it all: Fashion magazine 
publishing queens Anna Wintour and Ballincollig’s Samantha Barry

The Glamour of it all: Fashion magazine publishing queens Anna Wintour and Ballincollig’s Samantha Barry

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The Glamour of it all: Fashion magazine publishing queens Anna Wintour and Ballincollig’s Samantha Barry

During the course of Fearless: Samantha Barry (RTÉ1), the person in question was variously described as "energetic", "driven", "a ball of energy", "charming" and "amazingly spectacular". And yes, as the film's title had assured us, "fearless", too.

But why fearless? Was it because she had agreed to have as her boss the fearsome Anna Wintour, a woman reputed to be so terrifying in the fashion world that she only has to fix her basilisk stare on underlings from behind those impenetrable sunglasses for them to expire on the spot? Or have you not seen The Devil Wears Prada?

Anyway, Barry had opted to take up the role as the eighth editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine, with Wintour in overall command as Condé Nast's (and here I quote) "US artistic director, editor-in-chief of Vogue US and global content advisor", which is quite a mouthful.