For the first time in even more than twenty years, Vanity Fair includes a new editor in chief.
Radhika Jones, the editorial director of The New York Times books division and former editor in chief of Time magazine, will take over as top editor of Vanity Good, replacing Graydon Carter.
Vanity Good confirmed the news Monday, after multiple studies more than the weekend indicated that Jones was first taking over.
Jones, 44, is definitely the first woman to run Vanity Good since Tina Brown, a good British journalist who exactly edited the magazine from 1984 to 1992.
She’ll also be the first woman of color to carry the top editing place at Vanity Good, which is owned by Condé Nast.
“There is little or nothing else out there quite like Vanity Good,” Jones said in a good statement. “It doesn’t just reflect our lifestyle — it drives our understanding of it.”
Jones will become only Vanity Fair’s fifth editor in chief, employment that still carries glitz and prestige even in an period of harsh newsroom cutbacks. Condé Nast has not been insulated from that weather, with layoffs arriving the other day at another one of its iconic publications, GQ.
Vanity Good said Jones’ appointment commences December 11, marking a good dramatic newsroom change for the magazine.
After 25 years as editor in chief, Carter, 68, said before this season that he plans to resign in December, ending a storied work for just one of the last remaining giants of New York media.
Carter’s announcement prompted immediate speculation more than his replacement, with names such as New York magazine’s Adam Moss and Janice Min, who exactly stepped down before this year due to The Hollywood Reporter’s lead editor, floated seeing as possible successors. On Monday, Jones’ most recent employer, the brand new York Moments, described her seek the services of at Vanity Good as a “surprise choice.”
Condé Nast brass hailed her credentials. Anna Wintour, the longtime editor in chief of Vogue and artist director at Condé Nast, named Jones “a fearless and brilliant editor whose intelligence and curiosity will define the continuing future of Vanity Good in the years to come.”