Influential Editor Alexandra Shulman Is Stepping Down From British Vogue After 25 Years
The longtime editor-in-chief had become an advocate for body positivity and realistic models in recent years.
Alexandra Shulman is leaving British Vogue after more than 25 years as the editor-in-chief.
"Although I have had months to acclimatise to the idea of leaving Vogue, it hasn’t made the moment of announcing this any less sad," Shulman, 59, said in a statement released by British Vogue. "I have been incredibly privileged to have been able to look after such a great magazine for so long and even more to have worked with so many people over those years who have made the experience so interesting and rich."
One of the most powerful women in in the British fashion industry, Shulman is the longest-serving editor at the Conde Nast publication, joining Vogue as EIC in 1992. She started her career at Over-21 and Tatler, before joining the Sunday Telegraph in 1987 and then GQ in 1990.
"She has been the towering figure of the British fashion press throughout her tenure: a superb journalist and editor, who understands and exemplifies every quality. Imaginative, hard-working, perceptive and a brilliant leader, Alex is also a valued friend to so many of us," said Nicholas Coleridge, managing director of Conde Nast Britain. "It is impossible to sufficiently express the contribution she has made to Vogue, to Conde Nast and to the British fashion industry."
During her tenure at Vogue, Shulman produced many memorable editorials and issues. She was the first to persuade the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, to be on a fashion magazine cover, in June 2016. In recent months, she became a body-positivity advocate, urging designers to stop using size-zero models, and criticizing those who "flatly refused" to dress size-16 model Ashley Graham, who covered the magazine's January issue. Last October, Shulman also introduced a "model-free" issue, featuring "real" women in designer labels, since "there is still a stigma attached to clearly enjoying how you look and experimenting with it if you are a woman in the public eye and not in the fashion or entertainment business."
"It was difficult to decide to leave but 25 years is a very long time and I am tremendously excited that I will now look forward into a different future," explained Shulman, who will be leaving her role in the summer.
The move comes at a time when Conde Nast is consolidating many of its glossy titles. A successor for Shulman has yet to be announced.