Hearst Magazines has named Samira Nasr the first Black editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition of Harper’s BAZAAR. Samira Nasr will oversee content strategy and development across the brand’s print and digital platforms.The announcement was made by Hearst president and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Magazines president Troy Young. Nasr will report to Hearst Magazines Chief Content Officer Kate Lewis.
Nasr’s tenure at the 153-year-old publication begins July 6.
“Fashion and BAZAAR are synonymous,” Nasr said. “It is a tremendous privilege to be entrusted with moving this legacy brand into a new era—one that is colorful, inclusive, and celebrates the beauty of fashion on every platform—while carrying on the tradition of innovative art direction and great style that the BAZAAR audience loves so much. The most beautiful part of working in magazines is the teamwork and creating a community. I can’t wait to get started.”
“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,” Young said. “Samira’s important voice will continue to evolve the brand’s distinct position as a style touchstone for fashion’s most discerning.”
“BAZAAR has always presented the world of fashion through a unique lens—smart, vibrant, adoring. Those words could not better describe Samira, who understands and delights in the world of fashion, but has a thoroughly modern and distinctive take,” Lewis says. “She innately understands the BAZAAR woman, because she is the BAZAAR woman: passionate about fashion, culture, and the issues that matter today. I know she will make something magical here.”