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Robbie Myers, the longtime editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, is stepping down after 17 years with the Hearst-owned glossy.
Myers sent a long internal memo to her staff on Monday, reports The Cut. A rep for Elle did not immediately respond to The Hollywood Reporter‘s request for comment.
“As much as I love going to Paris for the collections (I’ve been 50-plus times — and that’s just for work), I want to spend the next seasons as available to my children as I can be, and so I take my leave of ELLE now: a magazine, a website, a brand, and above all an idea of how a modern woman might move through the world with all of the passion and authority she deserves; an idea all of you have helped build into a powerhouse over these last 17 years,” she wrote, sharing that her first child, Frankie, is now 17 years old and will be heading to college next year. She also has a 15-year-old named Michael.
Continued Myers: “When I started in this role, it was with the best mission an editor can give herself: to open women’s appetites. And I surrounded myself with the smartest, most creative people, you, to both magnify what ELLE stood for — strong, confident women who play a leading role in creating a culture that honors all of us — and expand the idea of what American beauty really looks like. We took fashion beyond the ateliers to the street (before street style was even a term) and made it personal, by spotlighting the chicest, coolest women on the planet, interpreted by such creative leaders as Samira Nasr, Ruba Abu-Nimah, David Bellemere, Terry Tsiolis, David Vanderwaal, Liz Collins, Alex Gonzalez, Joe Zee, and ELLE U.S. founder Gilles Bensimon, with whom I worked with for the first seven years of my tenure.”
The 52-year-old editor noted that she will still be around on occasion, sharing that she will “be consulting with David Carey [president of Hearst magazines], bringing new ideas about where fashion, retail and, most importantly, women are heading in this transformational moment in history, and I’ll be speaking on behalf of those women, and Hearst, in the fall.”
Myers’ heartfelt letter can be read in full here.
Myers started her career as an assistant at Rolling Stone magazine before working under artist Andy Warhol at Interview magazine. She then had stints at Seventeen and InStyle before joining Elle as its articles editor in 1995. Myers departed Elle for Mirabella, a women’s magazine created by former Vogue editor Grace Mirabella, before rejoining Elle as editor-in-chief in 2000.
In 2015, Myers was honored at the Matrix Awards, which celebrates exceptional women in the fields of advertising, books, broadcasting, film, magazines, new media, newspapers and public relations.
The news comes on the heels of Graydon Carter announcing his exit as editor from Vanity Fair after 25 years.
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