Jeanne Beker fights for content as she assumes post as Toronto Star contributing editor
Jeanne Beker, arguably Toronto’s most famous fashion personality, has joined the Toronto Star’s stable of writers. In her first article as a contributing editor for the paper, she muses on a pair of Jimmy Choos for eight (yes, eight) paragraphs. Are they too uncomfortable? Should she return them? According to Beker, they are “sleek, sexy and totally seductive, with just the right amount of toe cleavage,” yet by the end, she hasn’t been able to make a decision on whether to return the $695 shoes (we await the result with bated breath). Beker uses the footwear discussion to launch into the notion that everyone (even on Twitter) has a valid sartorial opinion. “I can’t wait to hear from you. Let the dialogue begin,” she notes, hoping, we suppose, to get ideas for future columns. So, next time you see Beker in Yorkville, be sure to weigh in on her purchases. It’s a dialogue!
21 thoughts on “Jeanne Beker fights for content as she assumes post as Toronto Star contributing editor”
OMG… Did Toronto life purposely show this picture of her to show her ageing neck lines ? What an awful picture… just goes to show…retire and go look at your pumps!
Pee, even with her “ageing neck lines” Jeanne is still hotter than you…lol Are successful women supposed to run and hide because their aging?
WOW. This is a terrible picture. I have to believe there is a better photo you could have used.
Jeanne: please make your next purchase a turtleneck.
Everyone who has to look at you
She looks like that blue bird thing from the Muppets.
She looks like the Grinch.
Are you serious with this picture?
The comments here have confirmed my suspicion that people don’t actually read anything anymore. The tragedy here is not the state of Ms. Beker’s neck, but the fact that she has been given an opportunity to opine within the pages of one of Toronto’s daily newspapers. I’m all for fashion, entertainment, and sports being reported on within our newspapers; but I prefer getting my information on these subjects from people with some sort of credibility. I’ve watched enough of Fashion Television to know that it’s affable host, while enthusiastic, often comes across as incompetent and wholly underwhelming. What Fraser Abe has highlighted here is exactly that point. Jeanne Beker has nothing more to offer other than fluff, regardless as to whether it appears on her TV show or in the TO Star. But if anyone had actually read the above text they would already have figured that out.
betty, you actually expect to get your fashion journalism from the Toronto Star?
No matter what you say about her, she’s put in a lot of years in the fashion industry and has more credibility than a lot of the so-called “cool” young bloggers of today. Shame on all of you for judging her on her looks rather than her accomplishments. FashionTelevision has been widely respected in the worldwide fashion community for years, again, long before a lot of the new upstart fashionistas were even born.
I’ve grew up watching Jeanne Beker on FT for 25+ years. I’ve always liked her. How sad and insulting for people to say such cruel things about her appearance. So what’s she’s aged, we all do. I think she looks great. I will always love Jeanne Beker.
I agree with all the comments.Good and truth.
It’s just an opinion yet I hope she will really take a look at it and maybe think of training at least 5 people to know this business. She can be a good mentor but not someone I want to look at and listen to again, just like most of us.I don’t watch the FT because she is really unworthy(anymore) of the whole fashion world.
She is, as Betty wrote, bland and underwhelming. I could see maybe the likes of Dina Pugliese doing a better than ok job.Listen and learn because we are the readers, the watchers and the actual fashion users/buyers.We needed to be motivated as much when watching and reading the fashion selections and trends. Maybe it’s time to sit in at Cityline or something.Just sayin’.
There is very little about fashion in any Canadian newspapers so I look to the Star for info about the latest trends and events!( Also enjoy Jeanne’s work for the Globe and Mail. ) Jeanne Beker is very accomplished and in addition to being famous for that, is approachable, down to earth and an excellent role model and mentor. Fashion is both action and reaction – a reflection of our world. Let’s celebrate those who can wear it and express it!
I love Jeanne Beker and I’ve watched her for years! My comment was simply that TL could have picked a more flattering picture. My first thought when I saw the picture was “are they trying to ruin her?”
I’ve had plenty of unflattering photos taken of myself – all I am saying is that I’m sure there was a better one for them to pick from. Love her or not, that is a terrible, terrible photo.
I have worked with Jeanne Beker at FT and basically her staff does all the work! They have to beg her to come into work. They write her material, shoot the fashion shows. All she’s been reduced too is voicing the script. And even that they have to beg her to come into work to do that! I mean she works maybe 30 minutes a week. It is unbelievable! Actually, I’ve seen FT staff beg to get into Fashion shows around the world. They have to constantly ask for tickets to shows and then once again request Jeanne to go once in a while to the shows. Most of the time it’s just freelancers who shoot the show and staff who write the script. And SHE gets all the credit. Bad choice Toronto Star! Jeanne does not write anything on her own show! She barely speaks to her staff.
I’ve never understood Jeanne’s appeal, and actively avoided her column in the Globe. I thought her FQ magazine was incredibly pretentious. I agree we should not criticize her for aging, something we’ll all be burdened with and which must be horrific to deal with in the fashion industry. And TL totally chose the most unflattering picture of her I’ve ever seen!!!! However, her overall appearance, given her chosen career, is fair game. Despite the fact that she must wear very expensive clothes, she never looks appealing and I would never want to emulate her. This is why I can’t understand her longevity and the pedestal she’s placed on. It’s why I couldn’t stand her Globe column. I’m sorry, but I can’t take advice from her, regardless of how much knowledge and experience she may have. And going on for 8 paragraphs about a pair of shoes that the vast majority of Toronto Star readers likely can’t afford? I don’t see her lasting too long there either. I wonder if she would rise to such prominence if she was starting out now, when Canadian fashion and its customers have evolved?
I was disappointed to hear that the Toronto Star had hired Jeanne Beker to write about fashion. This is not a commentary on her abilities but it seems that in Toronto the same people get hired to do the same things ad nauseam. Ditto Anne R. at Global News after being let go by City TV. Same old same old. How about some new faces and voices?
I totally agree with “Shopper” comments. You took the words right out of my mouth.
Higly overrated. Her opinion is very irrelevant.
Reading these comments is sad. Why all the hateful remarks? I don’t know Jeanne personally, however I can’t imagine the energy and commitment it takes to write weekly columns, write books, travel constantly, fight your way through crowded fashion shows and events, juggle television and radio appearances, attend charity events (I see her at many) shoot television shows, manage a personal life, etc. AND – try to maintain a physical facade that’s good enough for all of you! I’m all about new faces and fresh perspectives – but how about some respect for someone who’s slogged it out for over 25 years? I fail to see how her opinion, given her experience, is irrelevant; she must be one of the foremost authorities on fashion in Canada – at the very least. I’ve been fortunate to travel to Paris, London and NYC due to my job; Jeanne is respected and loved in these fashion meccas of the world and beyond. Like many – I came to Toronto from a different part of Canada – and whenever I share with family and friends back home that I attended an event that Jeanne did, the response is always the same: “OMG! did you meet her? ” followed by : “I LOVE her! I’ve watched FT forever!” How unfortunate to see all these comments from readers of TORONTO (her home town) Life
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