By Julee Wilson
Keija Minor has been named the editor-in-chief of Brides, succeeding Anne Fulenwider, making her the first person of color, after 103 years, to ever hold the title at a Condé Nast Publications (CNP) magazine.
Minor’s new appointment is major news.
CNP is a privately owned company that produces 18 magazines including Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair and GQ.
Minor joins other Black editor-in-chiefs who have been at major mainstream publications.
Amy DuBois Barnett, who was Ebony’s EIC, became Managing Editor (Time, Inc.’s equivalent of an EIC position) at Teen People, which made her the first African-American woman to head a mainstream consumer magazine.
Newsweek’s former EIC Mark Whitaker, was the first African-American to lead a national news magazine before becoming Executive Vice President and managing editor for CNN Worldwide.
Other special interest publications, which reach a larger spectrum of ethnicities and focus on more niche subjects like music, have been run by an editor of color, as in the case of GIANT magazine, which was helmed by Emil Wilbekin–who is now the editor-at-large at Essence.
Corynne Corbett, the beauty director at Essence, was the executive editor at Real Simple, and Minor was the executive editor at Brides before this recent promotion.
Minor’s experience helming a magazine is anchored in her tenure (2008 to 2011) as EIC at Uptown, a lifestyle glossy aimed at affluent African Americans and as EIC of Gotham (2005 to 2007). Her journey from a Black publication to the pinnacle of a mainstream title is an example that Black editors can ascend in publishing, particularly after spending time at a niche publication.