But in a shock interview this week, British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman was exposed as a woman not only of reason, but of independent thought, displaying a soft spot for humanity - which could see her out of a job if she's not careful.
Shulman refuses to put Jennifer Aniston on the cover of her magazine because the Hollywood star demands full copy and picture approval prior to print - in other words, her 'team' read and can amend every interview feature, as well as choose which pictures should accompany it.
This hasn't stopped other market-leading mags running with her, and it's clear why; the Aniston edition of US Marie Claire was last year's biggest seller. She's newsagents' gold dust.
Which makes Shulman's integrity and stubbornness very impressive. Particularly bearing in mind that while British Vogue is highly prestigious, it hasn't the clout or kudos of its American sister.
But Shulman isn't cowed by industry consensus or status; three years ago she wrote to major designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano complaining that their tiny sample clothes were forcing fashion editors to use unnaturally thin models.
I wouldn't imagine her thoughts went down well with the (majority of) men who rule the fashion roost, but she doesn't seem to care.
I like her so much I might even buy British Vogue. No, not the company. But maybe two copies.