Nina Garcia Is Elle’s New Editor-In-Chief; Succeeding Robbie Myers
Rihanna on Elle‘s October 2017 issue.
NEW YORK- Nina Garcia will take the top masthead at Elle.
Earlier in the week, DM Fashion Book reported that Elle magazine‘s Editor-In-Chief Robbie Myers is out! After 17 years as the fashion magazine’s editor-in-chief, Myers is saying farewell (see it here).
Under the direction of Myers, Elle was Vogue‘s only true mainstream competition because of its sharp journalism and cutting-edge fashion photography. We also reported that we hard that Hearst is eyeing Marie Claire’s creative director Nina Garcia, The Cut‘s Stella Bugbee and WSJ ‘s editor-in-chief Kristina O’Neill as candidates to take over Elle.
Hearst announced that Garcia is Myers successor. The creative director of Marie Claire first day at the women’s publication will be Monday, Sept. 18, and she will report to Hearst magazine‘s Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles — who she also worked under at Marie Claire.
“Look at the issue of empowerment around young working women and the obsession with fashion and beauty. The Elle woman is sexy, passionate, loves her work, is social. She’s someone global millennial women aspire to, and no one represents that more than Nina,” said Joanna Coles, in an interview via the NYT.
“I understand firsthand what the DNA is,” Ms. Garcia said. “I am looking to amplify the DNA of the brand. It’s bold, it’s provocative, it’s inclusive, democratic, it’s innovative. I just want to amplify all those things we know about Elle.”
She said that she would continue Elle’s tradition of celebrating diversity and emerging voices and work closely with the 46 international editions to share talent globally. Her first issue is likely to be February or March 2018.
Garcia served as creative director of Marie Claire since 2012; before that, she was the magazine’s fashion director from 2008 to 2012. Her new post is a return to Elle, where she was the fashion director from 2000 to 2008.
The 50-year-old has also published four books on fashion and style, a loyal built-in audience on social media (3.33M followers on Twitter, 411K followers on Instagram), as well as a longtime stint as a Project Runway judge since the show’s debut in 2004.
Photos Credit: SØLVE SUNDSBØ