“The Cut Has a New Editor-in-Chief,” the outlet, a subsidiary of New York journal announced on Monday afternoon, sharing information that Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner can be returning to the woman-centric type web site as its new chief after serving as the positioning’s style market editor from 2015 to 2018.
Indeed, when Peoples Wagner left The Cut in 2018 to lead the masthead of Teen Vogue, it was one other full-circle second, as the Brown Deer, Wis., native started her profession in style media as an intern within the Condé Nast publication’s style closet—a tough entry, as she recounted to the New York Times in 2019:
“When I began at Teen Vogue, it was such a battle for me,” Peoples Wagner mentioned. “I’d by no means cried that a lot in my life. I felt like this business would by no means open its doorways to folks like me.”
Instead, she broke a lot of these doorways down herself, changing into the youngest editor-in-chief in Condé Nast history on the heels of a groundbreaking exposé for The Cut which surveyed 100 Black style business insiders to reveal “What It’s Really Like to Be Black and Work in Fashion.” That function, extensively quoted and cited in years since (together with right here at The Glow Up), arguably helped lay a lot of the groundwork for the “reckoning” we have witnessed within the style business lately, most particularly in 2020. It additionally garnered the eye of none aside from Condé Nast Artistic Director Anna Wintour herself, who personally reached out to Peoples Wagner to lure her to Teen Vogue.
In the years since she has but to disappoint. In 2020, Peoples Wagner was not solely an honoree of The Root 100 however co-founded the Black In Fashion Council alongside advertising and marketing professional Sandrine Charles. Less than a yr since its launch, the duo has already garnered honors from the British Fashion Awards and Footwear News Awards, amongst others, and amassing an government board of business heavyweights together with Fenty Maison artistic director Jahleel Weaver, designer Victor Glemaud, Harlem’s Fashion Row founder Brandice Daniel, Gucci’s Antoine Phillips and extra.
In her return to The Cut, Peoples Wagner will succeed the positioning’s former editor-in-chief Stella Bugbee, who departed to turn out to be editor-at-large of mother or father web site New York Magazine. Reflecting on the ingenuity and drive that has fueled Peoples Wagner’s stratospheric rise, Bugbee informed The Cut:
Not lengthy after Lindsay first got here to the Cut, she got here into my workplace with a ready deck of printouts and pitched a wholly new column that she would cast, type, and write, regardless that it was past the scope of her position…She had unimaginable ambition blended with a sure-footed confidence. And as it seems, she was an exceptional scout for expertise that might turn out to be family names, from Cardi B to Little Yachty, Ashley Graham, and Issa Rae. I keep in mind considering, Someday Lindsay ought to run the Cut, so, naturally, I’m thrilled that she will likely be coming again to take the reins. Her dedication to creating an inclusive style neighborhood is unparalleled within the business. She’s a drive who’s simply at the start of her profession, and I look ahead to watching her as she blazes her path ahead.
Speaking to the Times on Monday, Peoples Wagner indicated that her subsequent tenure at The Cut would proceed to show insightful and revolutionary in its strategy: “We’re all multifaceted human beings and we will get pleasure from style and need to get pleasure from some enjoyable but in addition actually care concerning the state of the world and the place we’re in politics,” she mentioned. “I feel the Cut has achieved a very good job of not placing girls in packing containers.
“Inclusivity—whether or not it’s race, ethnicity, sexuality, any distinction in background—I feel it is actually vital to hear totally different voices and totally different walks of life and the way individuals are in a position to proceed to be resilient all through this loopy powerful pandemic time in our world,” she added.
What we all know for positive is that Peoples Wagner will likely be bringing the entire of herself and her id to the position, with full consciousness of what her presence means to each the business and the readership she serves—and he or she’s greater than prepared for the subsequent problem. “Being the one Black, feminine editor in chief on this business, you carry a whole lot of duty with that,” she told the Times whereas commemorating her first anniversary at the helm of Teen Vogue in 2019. “I feel I’ve made a whole lot of selections that different folks would by no means take the chance to make.”