Condé Nast has made history by naming a black woman to lead of one of its magazines for the first time ever.
Keija Minor will become editor-in-chief of Brides, one of 18 glossy magazines produced by the company, alongside the likes of Vogue, Glamour and Vanity Fair.
Minor’s appointment follows the announcement earlier this month that Brides’ former chief, Anne Fulenwider, would be moving on to women’s monthly lifestyle magazine, Marie Claire.
It may seem like a long time coming, but Brides is nonetheless one of the first mainstream publications to have employed a black man or woman for its top job.
Amy DuBois Barnett, current editor of Ebony, was the first African-American woman to head up a mainstream consumer magazine during her time at Teen People.
And Mark Whitaker, now managing editor for CNN Worldwide, was the first African-American to lead a national news magazine while at Newsweek.
It could signal a new direction for what remains a white-dominated industry.
Niche and special interest publications such as GIANT are typically more likely to be under black leadership than mainstreams, according to the Huffington Post, but they remain few and far between.
It was at one such smaller magazine that Minor began, establishing herself at Uptown, a lifestyle glossy aimed at affluent African Americans.
She went on to secure a position on the editorial desk at Brides, before being offered the promotion to the top spot.
‘Keija’s contribution to Brides over the past several months has been invaluable and will enable her to step seamlessly into the role of editor-in-chief,’ Condé Nast editorial director Tom Wallace told mediabistro.com.
‘She is a gifted editor. Brides will benefit from both her energy and her passion.’