NEW YORK– Hearst Magazines has named Nina Garcia as the new editor-in-chief of fashion magazine ELLE. She is best known as judge on the reality TV show Project Runway.
Garcia succeeds Robbie Myers, editor-in-chief since 2000, who is stepping down. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven Swartz and Hearst Magazines President David Carey. Garcia will report to Hearst Magazines Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles, and begins in her new role on September 18. ELLE is one of the top fashion magazines in the world, with 46 international editions.
Garcia has been creative director of Marie Claire since 2012; before that, she was Marie Claire’s fashion director from 2008 to 2012. She served as fashion director of ELLE from 2000 to 2008, having previously held other roles with the title since 1995. She began her fashion media career at Mirabella. While at Marie Claire, Garcia introduced franchise editorial sections including ‘Shoes First,’ which has expanded internationally as a live-event platform, as well as ‘What Nina Loves’ and ‘Fashion Week Diaries,’ which chronicle her personal style choices. Under her direction, Marie Claire’s fashion content won numerous awards, including the Accessories Council’s ACE Award and the Jewelers of America GEM Award. Garcia has also hosted the red carpet for ABC’s Oscar telecast and been a judge on the Peabody Award-winning show Project Runway since it launched in 2004.
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, she is a graduate of Boston University and Fashion Institute of Technology.
“Nina embodies all the qualities of a modern editor-in-chief,” Carey said. “She’s an important authority in fashion, respected by her peers for her personal style, her ability to spot talent and her deep relationships across the industry. She’s also known to millions around the world for her role on Project Runway and the dynamic, behind-the-scenes life she shares with 4.5 million engaged followers on social media. Her love of fashion is deeply felt and it will resonate on every page.”
“Robbie has been an inspiring leader for 17 years, and her contributions are too numerous to count,” Carey continued. “She conceived trademark editorial franchises, from ‘Women in Hollywood’ to ‘Women in Tech,’ and transformed them into events that gather the most creative, influential women of the moment. She made ELLE an essential part of the global conversation, and we wish her the very best in her next endeavor.”
“Nina is the ultimate ELLE woman—her life is incredibly full, she’s curious about everything and she’s passionate about fashion, beauty, technology, art, travel, the environment, women’s issues and the ways that they all intersect,” Coles said. “She understands the multiplatform world and embraced it early on, becoming one of fashion’s first social media influencers with the largest following of any editor-in-chief. Nina is a force of personality, and she’ll bring her energy, her unique sensibility and style to ELLE, a brand she knows so well.”
“ELLE is close to my heart, and this is a very special homecoming,” Garcia said. “This is ELLE’s moment to be out in front, inspiring and informing readers in every area. Fashion and beauty are at ELLE’s core, as are culture, politics, health and new media. I’m excited to work with this incredibly talented team to set the pace for women who are moving as fast as the times we live in.”