Samira Nasr, who most recently was the executive fashion director at Vanity Fair, will head the title’s US edition from next month, publisher Hearst announced Tuesday.
“As the proud daughter of a Lebanese father and Trinidadian mother, my worldview is expansive and is anchored in the belief that representation matters,” Nasr said. “My lens by nature is colorful, and so it is important to me to begin a new chapter in Bazaar’s history by shining a light on all individuals who I believe are the inspiring voices of our time.”
The move marks a return to Hearst for Nasr, who previously served as fashion director at another of the company’s titles, Elle. Prior to that, she held a director role at fashion magazine InStyle and started her career as an assistant to Vogue’s former creative director Grace Coddington.
“I believe that Harper’s Bazaar can deliver the best in fashion, all while being a place where community can come together to celebrate art, music, pop culture and also learn about the important issues that we as women are facing today,” she said, “such as the fight for human rights, our reproductive rights and the hurdles that we face as we fight for equity in the workplace.”
Samira Nasr, right, pictured at a screening of “Queen & Slim” in New York last year. Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images North America/Getty Images for Universal
Nasr also offered a message of solidarity to the protesters and activists who have taken to the streets across America following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
“I see you, I thank you and I hope we can join forces to amplify the message of equality because cause black lives matter,” she said.
Meanwhile, Nasr’s current boss, Vanity Fair’s editor-in-chief Radhika Jones, wished her well in the new role.