Famous American monthly fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar appointed Samira Nasr as its editor-in-chief of its U.S edition, the first time in the magazine’s 153-year history that the magazine would be run by a black editor.
She is set to replace longstanding editor Glenda Bailey on 6th July 2020. Bailey stepped back from heading the magazine, run by the media company Hearst Magazines, in January 2020 after almost two decades at the helm to become a global consultant to the magazine.
“As the proud daughter of a Lebanese father and Trinidadian mother, my worldview is expansive and is anchored in the belief that representation matters,” Nasr said. “My lens by nature is colorful, and so it is important to me to begin a new chapter in Bazaar’s history by shining a light on all individuals who I believe are the inspiring voices of our time.”
She also put up a post on Instagram, confirming the news.
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Born in Montreal, Canada, Nasr, most recently, has been the executive fashion director at Vanity Fair, run by rival publishing house Conde Nast. Before this, she was also the fashion editor at ELLE, which is another Hearst-owned publication. However, she started her career as an assistant to Grace Coddington, the former creative director of Vogue.
Hearst Magazines President Troy Young said in a statement, “Harper’s Bazaar is a leading American fashion brand with a point of view that is hugely influential in the U.S. and around the world. Samira’s important voice will continue to evolve the brand’s distinct position as a style touchstone for fashion’s most discerning.”
This is a significant time for Nasr to take up the new role, considering that the United States and most nations around the world have been seeing anti-racism protests.
We wish Samira Nasr the best in her new role!