Hearst announced the appointment of Samira Nasr as the new editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition of Harper’s BAZAAR, making her the first black editor in the magazine’s 153-year history. The announcement marks a return to Hearst Magazines for Nasr, who was ELLE's fashion director for five years, before moving an executive fashion director role at Vanity Fair in 2018. She has also been style director for InStyle.
In a video message on Harper BAZAAR US’ Instagram, Nasr outlined her vision for the magazine’s future. “As the proud daughter of a Lebanese father and Trinidadian mother, my world view is expansive and is anchored in the belief that representation matters. 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 times,” she explained.
Nasr also thanked Black Lives Matter protestors and activists. “I hope we can join forces to amplify the message of equality because Black Lives Matter,” she said before mentioning her aim for Harper’s BAZAAR to 'deliver the best in fashion' whilst looking at issues facing women today – including the fight for reproductive rights and workplace equity.
Nasr begins her role on July 6th, reporting to Hearst Magazines Chief Content Officer Kate Lewis who described Nasr as “the BAZAAR woman: passionate about fashion, culture and the issues that matter today. I know she will make something magical here.”