At such a crucial time within American history, Samira Nasr is ushering in a new era at Harper’s BAZAAR (US). The former executive fashion director at Vanity Fair has been appointed as the new editor in chief of the Hearst glossy.
Samira is the first Black editor in chief in the history of the 153-year-old publication and is of both Lebanese and Trinidadian heritage.
According to Harper’s BAZAAR (US) “… the announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Magazines President Troy Young. She will report to Hearst Magazines Chief Content Officer Kate Lewis and begins her new role July 6.”
After two years at Condé Nast, Samira’s new role marks a homecoming to Hearst where she worked as a fashion director at Elle for five years. Prior to that, she was a style director at InStyle. Additionally, she has styled campaigns for some of the biggest fashion and beauty brands including Tiffany & Co., L’Oréal, Estée Lauder Tory Burch, Laura Mercier and many more.
Samira took to Instagram yesterday to share the news with her followers.
“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,” she 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. I will work to give all voices a platform to tell stories that would never have been told.”
Born in Montreal, Canada Samira moved to New York to pursue a career in journalism. She gained experience within the industry by working as an assistant to Grace Coddington and writing for Harper’s BAZAAR, before becoming a freelance stylist.
“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," Hearst Magazines President Troy Young said.
Samira will replace Glenda Bailey, who formerly held the position for over 19 years. Glenda, who resigned in January 2020, will still act as a consultant to the brand.
Lead image courtesy of Harper's BAZAAR (US)