Former executive fashion director at Vanity Fair, Samira Nasr has been appointed editor-in-chief of elite Harper’s Bazaar fashion magazine, replacing the magazine’s long-standing editor Glenda Bailey, who announced in January that she was stepping down after almost 19 years at the helm.
Nasr is the first black woman to handle that position in the magazine’s 153-year-history. She will head the title’s US edition from next month. In a statement announcing the decision, Hearst president Troy Young said Nasr’s voice will “continue to evolve the brand’s distinct position as a style touchstone for fashion’s most discerning.”
The Montreal-born history maker said in a social media video that she feels “honoured” for the new role “at this particular moment in our nation’s history.”
“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 colourful, 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.”
Nasr had previously held a director role at fashion magazine InStyle and she was an assistant to Vogue’s former creative director Grace Coddington. She also served as fashion director at another of the company’s titles, Elle.
Highlighting her vision for Harper’s Bazaar, Nasr said that she hoped to reimagine what a fashion magazine can be in today’s world. “I will work to give all voices a platform to tell stories that would never have been told,” she said.
“I believe that Harper’s Bazaar can deliver the best in fashion, all while being a place where the community can come together to celebrate art, music, pop culture and also learn about the important issues that we as women are facing today,” she said, adding, “such as the fight for human rights, our reproductive rights and the hurdles that we face as we fight for equity in the workplace.”
Nasr’s appointment has received a warm welcome by prominent figures from the media and fashion industries including her current boss, Vanity Fair’s editor-in-chief Radhika Jones, who wished her well in the new role.
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