In a world where European features have always been viewed as the “ideal” standard of beauty, Samira Nasr is not taking her new role lightly. As the first black Editor In Chief of Harper’s Bazaar she says “at this particular moment in our nation’s history, [she is] honored to be at the helm of such an iconic brand.” The publication is the oldest American fashion magazine and dates back to 1867. In its 153 years of operation, the magazine has never once had a woman of color take the lead; let alone run both the brand’s website and magazine. Nasr replaces Glenda Bailey who announced in January that she was taking a step down after 19 years. In a video Nasr shared to her instagram (@samiranasr) to announce the big news, she says: “As the proud daughter of a Lebanese Father and [a] Trinidadian mother, my world view is expansive and is anchored in the belief that representation matters. 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 also expressed the importance of addressing issues that women face daily, naming human rights, reproductive rights, and equity in the workplace. The new Editor In Chief spoke with gratitude toward community organizers, activists, and those “fighting to be safe, to be seen and heard” through their narrative.
“I see you, I thank you and I hope we can join forces to amplify the message of equality, because Black Lives Matter.” Before attaining this role, Nasr worked as the fashion director for Vanity Fair, and as the fashion director of Elle Magazine for 5 years. She returns to Hearst (the media company that owns Harper’s Bazaar) after holding a director role at InStyle Magazine. In addition, she started her career as an assistant to Vogue’s former creative director, Grace Coddington. The Canadian mother of one will officially start her journey on July 6, 2020.