Samira Nasr has been named Harper's Bazaar's first black editor

Samira Nasr has been named Harper’s Bazaar’s first black editor

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

Harper’s Bazaar fashion magazine is appointing a black editor for the first time in its 153-year history.

Samira Nasr, who was recently the executive director of fashion at Vanity Fair, will lead the publication of the title in the US from next month, Hearst publisher announced on Tuesday.

Montreal-born Nasr replaces Glenda Bailey, a longtime editor of the magazine, who announced in January that she had resigned after nearly 19 years at the helm. In a video posted on social media, described the feeling that he was “honored” to be selected for the top job “at this particular time in the history of our nation.”

“As the proud daughter of a Lebanese father and a Trinidadian mother, my worldview is extensive and anchored in the belief that representation matters,” Nasr said. “Of course, my lens is colorful and that’s why it’s important to start a new chapter in the history of the Bazaar by illuminating all the people I think are the inspired voices of our time.”

The move marks a return to Hearst for Nasr, who previously served as fashion director for another company title, Elle. Prior to that, she worked as a director for the fashion magazine InStyle and began her career as an assistant to former creative director Vogue Grace Coddington.

Nasr used a two-minute video to describe her extensive vision for Harper’s Bazaar, which she had last year. traffic about 762,000. Implying that he may want to expand the focus of the title, he said he hoped to “re-imagine what a fashion magazine can be in today’s world.”

“I believe that Harper’s Bazaar can offer the best in fashion, while at the same time it is a place where the community can come together to celebrate art, music, pop culture and also learn about the important issues we face today as women “, he said,” such as the struggle for human rights, our reproductive rights and the obstacles we face as we fight for justice in the workplace. “

Samira Nasr, on the right, was photographed at the “Queen & Slim” show in New York last year. Credit: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images North America / Getty Images for Universal

Nasr also sent a message of solidarity to protesters and activists who took to the streets across America after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

“I see you, I thank you and I hope we can join forces to strengthen the message of equality, because black life matters,” he said.

Positive reception

In a statement Announcing the decision, Hearst president Troy Young said Nasr’s voice “will continue to develop the brand’s distinctive position as a touch style for the most demanding fashionistas.” Elsewhere, her appointment was welcomed by prominent figures from the media and the fashion industry.
“My little girl!” tweeted actress, singer and red carpet luminaire, Janelle Monae, “but damn 153 years?”
Fashion designer Prabal Gurung He wrote: “The kind of good news we all need to hear. Congratulations Samira Nasr @harpersbazaarus for doing well !!!”

Meanwhile, Nasr’s current boss, Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Radhika Jones, wished her well in her new role.

“He’s an idol of elegance, always in front of the curve,” Jones said He wrote in an Instagram caption that accompanies a picture of the couple. “I’m so happy for her and her new team. And I’m so happy at the moment in the story that I’m seeing this role go to a woman of color.”
The move comes less than a week after Hearst announced an attempt to raise money for organizations fighting racial injustice. The publisher said it would match and double staff contributions of up to $ 500,000.

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