This ‘Project Runway’ judge just landed a huge style gig
The always en pointe Project Runway judge will replace Robbie Myers - who helmed the fashion title for a mammoth 17 years - with her first day in the editor's chair next Monday September 18, according to fashionista.com. The news comes hot on the heels of another huge shake up in magazine world with Graydon Carter's recent announcement that he's stepping down from his editor-in-chief role at Vanity Fair after 25 years.
Elle isn't a new frontier for Garcia, she was the fashion director at the title from 2000 until 2008 when she took the fashion director post at Marie Claire magazine, which she held until 2012 when she was promoted to creative director.
Unlike many fashion journalists who maintain a fairly low profile and aren't well known outside the fashion world, Garcia has a very high profile on account of her various 'side hustles' like her judging gig on Project Runway, the four style tomes she's published and an active social media presence (she currently clocks in at a very respectable 3.3 million followers on Twitter and 414K on Insta).
The New York Times reports Joanna Coles, the chief content officer of Hearst said, "The Elle woman is sexy, passionate, loves her work, is social. She's someone global millennial women aspire to, and no one represents that more than Nina."
Elle magazine was launched in Paris in 1945 by French couple Pierre Lazareff and Hélène Gordon and in the fiercely competitive fashion world has had, at various time since it launched, the highest readership of any fashion magazine.
Garcia has some big Jimmy Choos to fill replacing Myers but has the experience and strong support of the management team behind her. The LA Times reports Hearst Magazines president David Carey said, "Nina embodies all the qualities of a modern editor in chief. She's an important authority in fashion, respected by her peers for her personal style, her ability to spot talent... Her love of fashion is deeply felt and it will resonate on every page."
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