And to think that Condé Nast didn’t even employ African-Americans back in the day! Big steps were made when Keija Minor was named the Editor-in-Chief of Brides magazine. This makes her The First person of color to ever hold the title at a Condé Nast Publications mag.
How’s that for slow progress?!
In case you didn’t know, Condé Nast Publications is privately owned and produces 18 magazines including Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair and GQ. It’s been printing publications since 1909 and Thank God…it only took them 103 years to get a black Editor-In-Chief!
We’re thankful Kieja (the former EIC at Uptown mag) didn’t get side-stepped in the decision to promote her at the magazine after the EIC spot was vacant this past month (her former boss, Anne Fulenwider, went over to be the new editor-in-chief of Marie Claire).
This is great news but it’s taking a lot longer to get break down the walls in industries like this one. Brides is famous for their overwhelming white covers and we can only hope this move prompts other publications to have a more diverse POV.
Images via Brides/Uptown