Known as one of US Vogue's most provocative fashion and beauty editors, Phyllis Posnick is known for her vibrant, concept-driven editorials for the publication's Health and Beauty pages. Posnick has worked with acclaimed fashion photographers including Irving Penn, Steven Klein, Annie Lebovitz, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier, Tim Walker and Helmut Newton, and her images are recognised as being some of the most iconic and provocative in the history of the magazine.
After graduating from Syracuse University, Posnick began working at British Vogue before returning to New York where she became first a fashion associate, and eventually Beauty Editor, of American Vogue. In 1987, after having worked for Calvin Klein and Glamour magazine, Posnick returned to Vogue to work with Anna Wintour as Executive Fashion Editor, a position she kept until November 2018. She is now a Contributing Editor.
In 2009, Posnick edited Extreme Beauty in Vogue, a book showcasing some of the most ground-breaking images published in Vogue over the previous 75 years. The book was published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title held in Milan. In 2016, Stoppers: Photographs from My Life at Vogue was published by Abrams. The book highlights the most exceptional editorials Posnick created throughout her 30-year career in addition to some behind-the-scenes stories from her time at Vogue.