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CITY HAS BECOME QUITE AN AMAZING PLACE FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GET INTO MEDIA; THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF GLAMOUR MAGAZINE TALKS ABOUT WHY SHE'S PROUD TO BE MANCUNIAN AFTER BRINGING THE GLAMOUR BEAUTY FESTIVAL TO THE CITY FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME.

Byline: My Manchester Deborah Joseph

WE sat down with Deborah Joseph at Glamour magazine's Beauty Festival at Manchester Central.

Although the editor-in chief had been hosting panels all day with celebrities and influencers, it was apparent she could never run out of steam when it comes to talking about her hometown of Manchester.

A paradise for any beauty lover, the event has been around in London for four years, but the 42-year-old wanted to bring it up north for its debut, to be more 'democratic.'.

In a city where people love to get dressed up for a night out, women of all ages flooded to the sell-out festival on the look-out for the latest beauty products, hairstyle how-tos, and complementary skin treatments.

Glamour magazine has always been a print publication, but two years ago it moved into a digital-first and events brand, which Deborah led on her appointment in 2017.

My earliest memory of Manchester is...

My dad taking me to a park in Didsbury so that we could feed the ducks. I went to Manchester High School for Girls and I went back the other day for the first time in 25 years, it was an incredible experience.

They've put my picture in the hallway so when I walked in I was like, 'How did I end up on this wall?' I never saw that coming. It was an amazing moment and amazing to meet the next generations of young women who want to be journalists.

My school really infused us all with drive and ambition and I can see that even now all these years later the young girls are still exactly the same.

I think they put something in our water, I'm not sure what. I think it was because Emmeline Pankhurst's daughter went there and we were all very aware of that heritage - we were made to feel like we were walking in her footsteps, very feminist footsteps, and we all wanted to live up to that in one way or another.

My favourite place to eat in Manchester is The restaurants in Manchester change so frequently, so every week there's a new cool place, so I tend to just come and ask my friends where we should be going.

I like it at San Carlo and we love Australasia - I've taken the women from Glamour there.

My favourite Manchester bar or nightclub is The Hacienda, and I love the Northern Quarter. They are where I spent my teenage years.

I would go to Dive bar every Saturday - I did the same round - I went to Afflecks, then we went to Dive bar every single Saturday, then at night we'd go to the Hacienda. There was also another place called De Ville's.

I had my 21st at the Hacienda, it was amazing. It's the coolest club I've ever been to, to this day, it's such a shame it closed down.

My favourite place to shop in Manchester is...

I get to visit Manchester often as my parents still live in Bowdon, other relatives are here and a few of my best school friends are still here.

I usually come back to see family so it's usually for a wedding or a 40th, an event, but if we can go out I normally go out in Hale village.

There's a great little shop where I get my kids clothes from, I love it I always go there, and my cousin has got a really nice women's clothes shop called Adiva which I really like - I always pop in there but I wish she didn't sell fur, so we argue about that a lot.

I like to visit Altrincham or my mum will take me to the Trafford Centre.

But I spent most of my formative years in Afflecks. I dragged Glamour's publisher with me once, who had never been to Manchester before. I kitted her out and it was amazing. She bought a camo army jacket and a denim blazer that she wore to death.

The best Manchester band of all time is...

Oasis. I still love them. The thing that makes me think of Manchester is music.

I have just watched Liam's documentary - As It Was, which brought a tear to my eye it was so lovely. It really made me fall in love with him again.

I like both of the brothers, I think they're really interesting men - they're boys done good and I admire them both.

I would see Morrissey as he lived around the corner from me, and I would occasionally see Ian Brown, which were the highlights of my youth.

People's biggest misconception about Manchester is When I started out in journalism 20 years ago, absolutely London was the centre, I didn't even consider staying here. I had to go to London to work in a magazine.

But with online content, it doesn't matter where readers live in the UK as all women can access it.

But I do think in the last few years, Manchester has undergone a massive renaissance and it has become quite an amazing place for people who want to get into media.

There aren't that many northerners at the magazine and I've probably got one of the strongest northern accents in the building.

But they were interested when I suggested hosting the festival here - they were like 'Oh, there's a whole world outside London'.

When Harvey Nichols and Selfridges opened in Manchester, from a beauty and fashion perspective, it really put Manchester on the map because the feeling was they're there, they see it as an attractive place to be, then everyone else has followed really.

I'm really proud of coming from Manchester it's an amazing city, vibrant, it's got its own personality and attitude, and completely different to London but I think over the years it's become just as exciting as London.

What I love about Manchester is The festival had been going a couple of years before I started my position, but I felt really strongly that beauty lovers aren't just in London, they're all around the world, all around the country.

I come from Manchester and one of the first conversations I had with my publisher was why aren't we doing it in Manchester? When I go home to see my Mancunian friends, they've spent three days getting ready and I'm there in my trainers and they'll say 'Why haven't you dressed up more? Why haven't you done your hair or makeup more?' It's much less casual here than London and there's a real love for beauty. I just wanted to be more democratic and just didn't want to be London centric.
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Date:Nov 24, 2019
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