For its story on how Bobbi Brown, the new editor-in-chief of’s beauty page, will remain an executive of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, the Guardian quoted media ethics expert Kelly McBride. “[I]t creates an absolutely obvious conflict of interest,” McBride tells the newspaper.

That sentiment is confirmed by Brown herself, who said the following in a statement: “Of course, it goes without saying that this new role will never take me away from my first love – Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. I’ll continue as Chief Creative Officer of the company, and am confident that the two positions will inform and strengthen each other.”

That’s just the problem!