Sally Jane Brampton was born on July 15, 1955, in Brunei and died on May 10, 2016.
She was an English journalist, writer and magazine editor.
Her parents were Pamela and Roy Brampton.
When she left school, she studied fashion at Saint Martin’s School of Art.
She was appointed the first editor of the British edition of the French magazine Elle which published its first issue in November 1985.
The new magazine “Elle was the first mainstream magazine to act as a voice for that generation.
This was aimed at professional women with an interest in fashion and shopping, rather than emotions and personal relationship concerns of other titles.
Jeanette Winterson, Julie Burchill and Tony Parsons were among those who had contributed to Elle under Brampton’s stewardship.
Sally had become a close friend of the designer Jasper Conran.
Soon afterwards, Naomi Campbell then not yet 16, was spotted in Covent Garden by a talent scout, and Elle’s use of Campbell as a cover model in April 1986 helped to launch her career.
Brampton was opposed using models who were underweight, The word “diet” was banished and she ran features on “healthy eating plans” instead.
Brampton was appointed as the editor of Red magazine in November 1999.
However, Red was then a fairly new title, which had launched in January 1998.
She was given the post to position the title for women over the age of 40.
Sally Brampton remained in the post for about a year.
In that period, she was sacked in October 2000, because of her decision to run political articles, including interviews with Prime Minister Tony Blair and government minister Mo Mowlam had led to a decline in circulation.
Brampton was an agony aunt for The Sunday Times Style supplements (2006 to 2014).
Sally Brampton was married and divorced three times.