In A First, Harper’s Bazaar Appoints A Person Of Colour As Editor-in-Chief

Samira Nasr

Samira Nasr, who recently worked as the executive fashion director at Vanity Fair, has been appointed as the new editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, US edition. For the first time in the magazine’s 153-year-long history, a person of colour is reigning the chair, the magazine’s website said on Tuesday.

Belonging to Lebanese-Trinidadian ethnicity, Nasr takes over Glenda Bailey, who stepped down from the role in January, after 19 years of succession at the Hearst title.

Nasr will start her new job from July 6, becoming the first Black and Lebanese editor-in-chief in the history of the publication. Previously, she joined the family of Vanity Fair in 2018.

What You Should Know

  • Nasr will be the first Black and Lebanese editor-in-chief in the history of the 153-year-old publication, Harper’s Bazaar.
  • She previously worked as the executive fashion director at Vanity Fair.
  • Nasr will replace Glenda Bailey, who stepped down after two decades at the helm.

According to a video posted to social media, Nasr said she is feeling “honored” to being selected for the top job “at this particular moment in our nation’s history,” referring to the Black Lives Matter movement taking place in various countries now.


“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 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,” she added.

“…such as the fight for human rights, our reproductive rights and the hurdles that we face as we fight for equity in the workplace.”

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Before joining Vanity Fair, Nasr she worked as Elle’s fashion director for five years, followed by as a style director for InStyle. Originally from Montreal, she started her career in fashion working as an assistant to Grace Coddington at American Vogue.

A message of solidarity

Reaching out to the protesters and activists campaigning following the death of George Floyd, Nasr said, “I see you, I thank you and I hope we can join forces to amplify the message of equality because cause black lives matter.”

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