Nina Garcia Returns to Elle Magazine as Editor in Chief…
Well that was fast. One day after the sudden announcement on Monday that Robbie Myers will step down as Editor-in-Chief of Elle, her successor has already been revealed. Nina Garcia, the creative director of Marie Claire, will take Myers’s place, first reported by The New York Times. Her first day at the women’s publication will be Monday, Sept. 18, and she will report to Hearst Magazines Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles — who she also worked under at Marie Claire.
“Nina is the ultimate Elle woman — her life is incredibly full, she’s curious about everything and she’s passionate about fashion, beauty, technology, art, travel, the environment, women’s issues and the ways that they all intersect,” said Coles in an official statement. “She understands the multi-platform world and embraced it early on, becoming one of fashion’s first social media influencers with the largest following of any editor-in-chief. Nina is a force of personality, and she’ll bring her energy, her unique sensibility and style to Elle, a brand she knows so well.”
With Myers running Elle for a whopping 17 years, finding a replacement seemed like a challenge. But Garcia’s lengthy résumé proves to be more than up to snuff: She’s been at Marie Claire for a total of nine years, first as the magazine’s fashion director in 2008, then promoted to creative director in 2012. Before that, she was Elle‘s fashion director from 2000 to 2008. Garcia has also published four books on fashion and style, a loyal built-in audience on social media (3.33M followers on Twitter, 411K followers on Instagram), as well as a longtime stint as a “Project Runway” judge since the show’s debut in 2004.
“Elle is close to my heart, and this is a very special homecoming,” Garcia said in a statement. “This is Elle‘s moment to be out in front, inspiring and informing readers in every area. Fashion and beauty are at Elle‘s core, as are culture, politics, health and new media. I’m excited to work with this incredibly talented team to set the pace for women who are moving as fast as the times we live in.”
According to NYT, Garcia’s first issue as the head of Elle will likely be February or March 2018. Her successor at Marie Claire has yet to be named.