robin givhan*Newsweek and the Daily Beast had to do some downsizing. Instead of simply chopping from the bottom up, the execs at the publications decided to cut one of the company’s most influential journalists.

Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion journalist Robin Givhan was laid off, but will continue her term until the end of the year, according to a report in Journal-isms.

But that’s not going to get her down, she’s actually looking at it as an opportunity to work on her book, about the 1973 Versailles fashion week show.

In October, Editor Tina Brown and new CEO Baba Shetty announced that Newsweek will completely transition to a digital-only format in 2013.

Givhan was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for her “witty, closely observed essays that transform fashion criticism into cultural criticism.”

Editor Ned Martel sang Givhan’s praises in a written statement to the rest of the staff.

“. . . Robin has demonstrated herself as an extraordinary talent, stretching the definition of fashion beyond the discussion of trends or runway flights of fancy. Thanks to Robin’s Pulitzer-awarded acuity, Washington Post readers have learned how to understand world leaders through the way they dress.”