Christina Hambley Brown graduated from St. Anne's College, Oxford University, in 1974.
She worked as a reporter for several publications and was named editor of the Tatler magazine at the age of 25.
In 1984, she became editor of the American monthly magazine Vanity Fair. She was editor for eight years and became one of the most visible magazine editors in the country.
In 1992, Brown moved on to the venerable literary magazine, The New Yorker. She increased the circulation by introducing photography and using shorter articles.
In 1999 Brown launched Talk magazine a high-profile celebrity magazine. It was closed down in February, with the crash in advertising being blamed.