Sexes: The Girls of Network News

Successful women flout the old rules by flaunting sex appeal

When Vicki Gordon, a producer of CBS's trendy magazine show West 57th, opened this month's issue of Esquire, she was horrified. There on page 142 was a scorching picture of Meredith Vieira, one of the show's on-air correspondents, seated in a chair, head shyly hidden in folded arms -- and pink taffeta skirt hiked up, revealing an extravagance of thighs and a beauty mark on the inside | of her knee. Gordon promptly called the magazine to protest. To her chagrin, she soon learned that Vieira herself was unruffled. Indeed, the 34-year-old journalist had happily posed for the photo. Says she:...

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