Meet Samira Nasr Harper’s Bazaar First Top Black Editor In 153 Years

By Duchess Magazine

Samira Nasr Editor in Chief Harper's Bazaar

Samira Nasr, a former Vanity Fair fashion director with glowing resume in June, 2020 was appointed by Hearst Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Editor in Chief of its U.S. edition.

Samira Nasr of Lebanese and Trinidadian descent makes history as the first woman of color to climb the top spot at the 153-year-old fashion publication.

Ms. Nasr, has spent her decades-long career as a stylist and editor working in and around fashion magazines in New York. Well-liked by advertisers, she has styled shows for independent New York brands including Rachel Comey and Adam Lippes. She has also styled Janelle Monáe, Selma Blair, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Lopez and Eddie Murphy.

Nasr had previously held a director role at fashion magazine InStyle, has served as assistant to Vogue’s former creative director Grace Coddington. She also served as fashion director at another of the company’s titles, Elle.

In a statement announcing the decision, Hearst president Troy Young said Nasr’s voice will “continue to evolve the brand’s distinct position as a style touchstone for fashion’s most discerning.”

Elated by the appointment, in her new role, Nasr said inclusion and diversity would be her focus:

“As the proud daughter of a Lebanese father and Trinidadian mother, my worldview is expansive and is anchored in the belief that representation matters,” Nasr said.

“My lens by nature is colourful, 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.”

Highlighting her vision, the trailblazer said:

“I will work to give all voices a platform to tell stories that would never have been told,” she added.

“I believe that Harper’s Bazaar can deliver the best in fashion, all while being a place where the community can come together to celebrate art, music, pop culture and also learn about the important issues that we as women are facing today.”


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