Hurst Publishers announced on Tuesday that Samira Nasr, who was the last fashion manager at Vanity Fair, will head the American version of the title next month.
“As a daughter of pride for a Lebanese father and a Trinidad mother, my vision of the world is expansive and based on the belief that acting is important,” Nasr said. “My lens is inherently colored, so it is important for me to start a new chapter in the history of the bazaar by highlighting all the individuals who I believe are the inspiring voices of our time.”
The move marks a return to Hearst for Nasr, who previously worked as a fashion manager for other company titles, Elle. Prior to that, she held the position of director at Fashion magazine InStyle and started her career as an assistant to the former creative director of Vogue Grace Coddington.
“I think Harper’s Bazaar can do the best of fashion, all while being a place where society can gather to celebrate art, music and pop culture and also learn about the important issues we face today as women,” she said. “Like the struggle for human rights, our reproductive rights and the obstacles that we face as we struggle for equality in the workplace.”
Samira Nasr, on the right, at the screening of “Queen & Slim” in New York last year. credit: Brian Bidder / Getty Images North America / Getty Images Universal
Nasr also presented a message of solidarity to the demonstrators and activists who took to the streets throughout America after the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police.
She said: “I see you, thank you, and I hope we can join efforts to amplify the message of equality because black lives are important.”
Meanwhile, the current president of Nasr, editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair Radhika Jones, wished her best wishes for success in the new role.