Keija Minor Just Became The First African American Editor-In-Chief In Condé Nast History

Keija Minor was just named the Editor-in-Chief of and Brides magazine.   This makes her the first African American EIC in Condé Nast history, a publication company that has been in business for 103 years.  Condé Nast has some big name publications under their belt, including Vogue, The New Yorker, and Glamour.

Anne Fulenwider became EIC of Brides just last year, and previously served as executive editor from 2009 to 2011.  She is now moving to Marie Claire where she will replace longtime editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles, who is now moving to Cosmo Sounds a bit like musical chairs, no?

Minor has been executive editor of Brides since late last year but her promotion is effective immediately.  “She is a gifted editor. Brides will benefit from both her energy and her passion,” said Tom Wallace, Condé Nast’s editorial director.

“CNP, the privately owned company that produces 18 magazines including Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair and GQ, has been in existence since 1909. That’s 103 years that no black editor has ever been named to the top of an editorial masthead at the company–until now. Yikes!” said HuffPost writer Julee Wilson.

Yikes indeed.  Congrats to Minor–I’m sure she will do a great job–but it’s 2012, how has this not happened sooner?  The fact that these sorts of barriers are still being broken today is shocking.

Wilson pointed out that there are only a few mainstream publications that have appointed women of color to high-level editorial positions, namely Ebony’s EIC Amy DuBois, who was previously the editor of Teen People and Corynne Corbett, the beauty editor of Essence, who was previously executive editor of Real Simple.

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    • Lastango

      “…but it’s 2012, how has this not happened sooner?”
      Well, for clues we can start by taking a look at Conde Nast’s list of magazines:
      Vanity Fair
      The New Yorker
      Architectural Digest
      Conde Nast Traveler
      Teen Vogue
      Golf Digest
      Golf World
      Bon Appetit
      EpicuriousWiredArs Technia
      WiredArs Technia