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Con-Woman Emma Charlton Masqueraded as Editor of Vogue

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The woman on the right needs no introduction (Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief, in case you've been under a rock on Mars for the last 20 years). The woman on the left? That's Emma Charlton, a 25-year old con-woman from the UK who claimed to be afflicted with terminal cancer and, while booking an £80,000 dream wedding (with stolen cheques) at Northumberland's Slaley Hall Hotel, told management there that she is the editor of Vogue.

Charlton had previously claimed to other acquaintances, including her fiance, that she was a photographer who had been published in the legendary fashion magazine. In total she'd conned more than £250,000 from men she met through personal ads, as well as £40,000 from her fiance and his family. Who knew not working at Vogue could be so lucrative?
· Bogus Vogue editor, her fake cancer and the £40,000 duped out of a fiance to fund lifestyle [Daily Mail]