A fresh face is about to take over the beloved fashion bible ‘Vanity Fair’: Radhika Jones. Here’s everything you need to know about this respected fixture in the media world, and VF’s new editor-in-chief!
There’s a major shakeup is in the works at Vanity Fair! After rumblings that Jon Stewart, 54, was courted to be the new editor-in-chief (a random yet awesome choice), Radhika Jones, the editorial director of The New York Times‘ book department, has been tapped to take over at the fashion tome. She is only the fifth editor-in-chief in Vanity Fair‘s history, and the first woman to take over the role since 1992. Let’s take a moment to get to know Radhika a little better, now that the news is official.
1) Radhika has a Ph.D in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia. She also has a degree from Harvard. After school, she got her start in journalism as a copy editor at the Moscow Times. She has also work for publications like Artform, Grand Street and Colors. Since her career began, she has swiftly climbed to power in the media world.
2) She was soon promoted to managing editor at The Paris Review, a literary magazine. While at The Paris Review, she selected and edited the fiction and non-fiction work included in the quarterly. Not long after, she became the arts editor at Time magazine. The real question is which beloved publication HASN’T she worked for!?
3) In 2011, she became Time‘s executive editor. This enormous promotion came after editing several of the mag’s special issues including Time‘s Person of The Year.
4) Many other luminaries in media were courted during the search for a new editor at Vanity Fair. Radhika reportedly beat out The Hollywood Reporter–Billboard Media Group co-president Janice Min, and Marie Claire‘s editor-in-chief, Anne Fulenwider. And, as we said before, Jon Stewart. That would’ve been interesting!
5) This is the first time a woman will be managing the magazine since 1992. Tina Brown headed up Vanity Fair from 1984 to 1992 and was responsible for much of the prestige the publication still enjoys. After that, Graydon Carter took over. He announced in September that he would be vacating the role after 25 years, and Radhika’s set to take the reins on December 11.
HollywoodLifers, are you excited that Radhika is the new EIC of Vanity Fair? Let us know!