Once upon a time when Edna Woolman Chase was Editor in Chief...
Chase started in the Vogue mail room and with her zest for the magazine-quickly advanced." When magazine was in danger of closing, and Chase took it upon herself to make sure Vogue was kept alive. Chase went on the road to persuade people to keep reading the magazine." (wiki) **Conde Nast bought the magazine 1909 and made Chase editor in chief in 1914.
Vogue cover by Cecil Beaton March 1948
In today's youth obsessed, starlet world, Would they dare put a woman like this on the cover? A gorgeous woman of indeterminable age, silver hair, with a classical Beaton background. Carmen Dell' Orefice would do nicely.
image from fashion tidbits (here)
image from HighValleyBooks (here)
Suggested reading, Chase's book Always in Vogue (1954)
** would Anna Wintour dare?