Woman Up Editor
There is nothing better to cheer up a lady after a humiliating marital rift than being featured in Vogue
. Woman Up's favorite cheated-on wife
, the indomitable Jenny Sullivan Sanford, has brightened our August considerably with an exclusive interview
showcasing her fabulous serenity
Looking as glowing and attractive
as any model in the magazine, the South Carolina first lady dispassionately ("I may seem emotionless right now") told writer Rebecca Johnson that she has come to understand her philandering husband's much-publicized affair with a South American woman was "almost like an addiction to alcohol or pornography." Currently decamped from Columbia, the state capital, to the family beach home outside of Charleston, the sublime 47-year-old mother of four conjectured "about happiness and what happiness means." She said of her husband's agonizing personal conflict: "Midlife aging is different for men than for women."
Famously run by steely editor Anna Wintour
reminds us that during Jenny's younger days, she acquired a long list of professional achievements: excelling at a top university, graduating to a powerful Wall Street position and, with her marriage to Mark, becoming a political election savant
Sanford's true joy, however, is raising her children: "At heart, I am an old-fashioned woman." An heiress, she "never thought money is the barometer of your success or worth," but if she and the love-torn governor currently moping around the lonely governor's mansion
end up divorcing, she will most likely not suffer the economic hardships of so many women in that position.
Returning the favor for being given great access, the fashion magazine allows Sanford the delicious high road. (Elizabeth Edwards, take note.) Regarding Maria Chapur
, the Argentine vixen who turned the father of her school-aged sons into a dithering dolt
, Jenny demurs, "I am not in charge of revenge" and says, "I also feel sorry for the other woman."
Moreover, the 1.2 million-circulation magazine assures readers the Sanford sons, ages 10 through 17, are weathering the fissure in their family. Johnson notes, "Throughout the morning, various freckled and barefoot Sanfords wander in and out, looking for a key to unlock the closet where the surfboards are stored."
As for the the governor, she says "If he wants to stay married. The ball is in his court," but, as Woman Up women have predicted all along
, whatever becomes of her lame duck husband, Jenny's going to have a great third act.