Realizing the Dream Elaina Richardson Made It From the Projects of Glasgow to Editor of Elle

NEW YORK — As a child, Elaina Richardson would gaze out from a 17th-floor apartment at the lights of Glasgow. Each beam told her a story of the people and the glamorous life she felt sure was out there.

Now, 30 years later, the editor of Elle magazine looks out over the diamond brilliance of Manhattan’s night sky from the window of her 44th-floor office and thinks of the lights of her Scottish girlhood. In those days she was Elaina Henderson, a youngster growing up in the middle of Castlemilk, one of Europe’s toughest and most deprived housing projects.

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