It’s a new day for Harper’s Bazaar. The publication has just named its first-ever Black editor-in-chief in its 153-year history.
On Tuesday, Hearst Magazines announced that former Vanity Fair fashion director Samira Nasr will take charge of the US edition of Harper’s Bazaar.
Nasr will replace Glenda Bailey, Harper’s editor of 19 years, effective July 6.
She said, “At this particular moment in our nation’s history, I am honored to be at the helm of such an iconic brand.”
Nasr announced the portion on her Instagram earlier this week. She shared that she hopes to use her post to amplify the most “inspiring voices” of the current generation.
“As the proud daughter of a Lebanese father and Trinidadian mother, my worldview is expansive and is anchored in the belief that representation matters,” she continued.
“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.”
Nasr aims “to reimagine what a fashion magazine can be in today’s world.”
While announcing her new position, Nasr addressed protestors and social justice advocates currently on the ground, fighting for equality and social change.
She said, “I see you, I thank you, and I hope we can join forces to amplify the message of equality, because Black Lives Matter.”
Hearst Magazines has undergone a host of changes to leadership under the direction of President Troy Young.
“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,” he said of Nasr’s appointment.
Nasr’s announcement was met with an outpouring of support from her famous and fashionable friends including Tracee Ellis Ross, Hailey Bieber, Yara Shahidi, Instagram’s Eva Chen, InStyle‘s Laura Brown and Project Runway‘s Elaine Welteroth.
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CONGRATULATIONS @samiranasr on being named the new EDITOR IN CHIEF OF @harpersbazaarus!!! Please go to her page and listen to her beautiful words. This is a win for everyone. My heart is bursting. I am so proud. I’ve never been shy about my love for this woman. I could not do this life thing without her.
Nasr was born in Montreal, Canada, and graduated with a Masters from NYU. From her start in fashion journalism as an assistant to Vogue‘s former creative director, Grace Coddington, Nasr went on to hold prestigious posts at Elle and InStyle. She has also worked as a stylist, collaborating with fashion and beauty brands like Laura Mercier, Tiffany & Co., Estée Lauder, and others.