Chic and In Charge: 10 African-American Fashion Executives

June 22, 2011  |  

Desiree Rogers

Long before Desiree Rogers was named CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, owner of Ebony, Jet and Fashion Fair, she was making fashion headlines.  As White House social secretary the Harvard MBA and former corporate executive had the chattering classes rumbling over her fraternization with fashion and entertainment titans.  Her reign came to an early end in 2009 when a pair of celebrity wannabes crashed a state dinner, prompting her resignation.  She’s coming up on a one year anniversary at Johnson this August, and although she’s treated Ebony to a makeover and generated positive buzz, people are still waiting to see if Rogers can truly revive the glamour and status the company once enjoyed.

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