Condé Nast Dubs Keija Minor First Black EIC Ever At Company
10:30 am, September 25th | by Laura Donovan
Media empire Condé Nast has just named longtime contributor Keija Minor the editor-in-chief of Brides.com and Brides magazine, a strident move for the publication company, which has never had a black EIC in its 103 years in business.
“Keija’s contribution to Brides over the past several months has been invaluable and will enable her to step seamlessly into the role of editor-in-chief,” Condé Nast editorial director, Tom Wallace said of Minor, who has been executive editor of Brides since late last year. “She is a gifted editor. Brides will benefit from both her energy and her passion.”
Minor will be replacing Anne Fulenwider, who is off to Marie Claire, where Fulenwider served as executive editor from 2009 to 2011. Minor’s promotion was made effective immediately.
Though many have celebrated Minor’s new title, some have argued it’s too little too late. HuffPost Black Voices writer Julee Wilson put it this way:
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!
Although the industry is still largely homogenous, it looks like its moving (slowly but surely) towards reflecting the increasingly colorful makeup of the country. We just hope as time goes on brides-to-be won’t be the only ones that benefit from a more diverse point-of-view and leadership when grabbing a glossy off the newsstand.