By now you’ve had time to digest the news about Keija Minor being named editor-in-chief of Brides. Minor is the first person of color to top a Conde Nast Publications masthead since the company was founded in 1909. Minor succeeds Anne Fulenwider, who left Brides to assume the editrix role at Marie Claire.
While Keija is not the first African-American to hold a top position at a mainstream magazine (Amy DuBois Barnett, former managing editor Teen People, Corynne Corbettt, former executive editor Real Simple), her promotion exemplifies progress in a melanin deficient publishing industry.
Here are 5 things you should know about Minor:
1) Minor is the former EIC of Uptown (2008-2011) and Gotham (2005-2007) magazines.
2) Minor was the executive editor of Brides before assuming her role as EIC.
3) Traveling is Minor’s favorite way to continuously be educated. She grew up in a family that placed value on embracing other cultures.
4) Minor loves to host dinner parties, but rarely cooks. She has takeout and catering services on speed dial.
5) Minor says, “The best part of my job is celebrating those who defy stereotypes and buck conventional labels.”
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