She changed the face of women’s magazines forever, liberating the single girl and encouraging women all over the world to talk about – and, more importantly, enjoy – sex. Sadly, she passed away on Monday this week aged 90 – but, after penning the ‘Sex and the Single Girl’ column along with editing Cosmopolitan magazine for a whopping 32 years, there’s no wonder she’s left quite a legacy.
We’ve picked out a few of our fav Helen Gurley Brown-isms for you below:
'Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork—reading, writing, thinking—can.'
'Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking, you are boring somebody.'
'The message was: So you're single. You can still have sex. You can have a great life. And if you marry, don't just sponge off a man or be the gold-medal-winning mother. Don't use men to get what you want in life - get it for yourself.'
'Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlepp.'
'I was mousy on the outside but inside I'm this tiger and I have to get on with it.'
On 'Cosmo': 'There has been lots of copying - look at Glamour. I used to have all the sex to myself.'
'I think marriage is insurance for the worst years of your life. During your best years you don't need a husband. You do need a man of course every step of the way, and they are often cheaper emotionally and a lot more fun by the dozen.'
'Feeling insecure is good for you. It forces you to do something better, drives you to use all your talents.'