Charla Krupp

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Charla Krupp

In magazines, on television and with two best-selling books, Charla Krupp empowered women to feel better about their looks and their lives. She worked as an editor at Glamour and INSTYLE, establishing herself as an expert in beauty and style. Charla, who died of breast cancer at 58 on Jan. 23, loved beauty and luxury but disdained pretentiousness and snobbery. She seemed to know everyone but was private about her illness. It is a loss that so many missed the chance to say goodbye. But her gift to us is that we will always remember her as she was: vibrant and full of ideas, with enthusiasm in her belief that everything--anything--is possible.

Nelson is editorial director of Time Inc.