Vanity Fair appoints its first coloured editor-in-chief Radhika Jones
The world of fashion is forever changing but those who make the call sitting in newsrooms have longer stints as editor-in-chief than the collections displayed on runways. One such change in fashion throne took place on Monday when Conde Nast announced the new editor-in-chief for Vanity Fair to be Radhika Jones. The 44-year-old former editorial director of New York Times book department will now head the popular culture, fashion, and current affairs.
Radhika, of Indian origins, succeeded Graydon Carter after 25 years since he took office. She is the only the second female to hold the post after the magazine was revived in 1983. She is also the first coloured person to hold the post. Radhika’s appointment is being cheered as a sign of late embrace of diversity by the elite magazine. At a time when top women’s fashion magazines like British Vogue and Vogue Italia are emptying their editor-in-chief’s chair for men, it is safe to say Vanity Fair is in safe hands.
Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour agrees too, “In Radhika, we are so proud to have a fearless and brilliant editor whose intelligence and curiosity will define the future of Vanity Fair in the years to come.”
Radhika may be less known in the Hollywood circle but her appointment comes after she fit the bill of smart with taste of culture at a time when Conde Nast was bringing the axe on the frequency of its famous publications like GQ, Glamour and shutting down on Teen Vogue. The house also reported mass lay-offs this month.
“Her experience covering news and entertainment has given her a thorough understanding of the importance of chronicling and celebrating the moments that matter. With her expansive worldview, I know she will guide Vanity Fair’s history of provocative and enduring storytelling well into its future,” said Bob Sauerberg, president and CEO of Condé Nast.
With a graduate degree from Harvard University followed by doctoral degrees from Columbia University, Radhika certainly fits the bill.