Last week, Condé Nast announced the promotion of former executive editor Keija Minor to Editor in Chief, making her the first black EIC in the corporations 103 year history.
Minor, whose humble beginnings started with graduating from Howard Law School,sent social media addicts in an uproar with supporters voicing their opinion about Condé Nast taking the first steps towards diversity and inclusion. With six days into her new position, Minor took a moment to address the outpouring of support she has received in an interview with fashionista.com.
On her specific goals or plans for the magazine:
“I am now six day on this job, so keep that in mind. What I want to do is continue to build on the content that we have and mission that we’ve always had which is to provide inspiration and great ideas for our readers. My focus is on giving the readers an abundance of ideas they can make their own for their wedding.
On any new components to Brides magazine:
“The magazine will always be a cornerstone of the brand, but we’ve got a ton going on online. Wear are continuing to grow the site, so a lot of my focus is definitely on the website.
On how she got her position:
“I actually practiced corporate law for four years and worked with wonderful people, but was not passionate about the work. But one thing I was excited about was publishing and [in particular] lifestyle magazines and magazines that were related to style, so I took an 85% pay cut and started off in a very junior position at a magazine called Travel Savvy 10 years ago and worked my way up to editor in chief and then this opportunity came up to join Niche Media as managing editor of L.A. Confidential and Aspen Peak and then was promoted to editor in chief of Gotham.
On if she thinks there needs to be more diversity in publishing in general:
“There’s been a lot of talk about this especially in the fashion industry. More in fashion, but I thing the conversation expanded to media at large and I think a diverse staff benefits any publication just to get different points of view. I think it’s an excellence and having a great team. I’m lucky, I have a fantastic team at a company that attracts a lot of top-notch people. I think that we are seeing a lot more diversity in the ranks at these magazines, which is a good thing.
For Keija’s entire interview visit Fashionista.com