Jessica Diehl Leaving Vanity Fair After 12 Years

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Jessica Diehl

The magazine’s creative director of fashion and style will “pursue other opportunities.”

In another signal that new editor-in-chief Radhika Jones is shaking things up at Vanity Fair, it was announced Tuesday that Jessica Diehl, the magazine’s creative director of fashion and style, will be leaving the magazine after 12 years to “pursue other opportunities.” Diehl was responsible for the shoots in Vanity Fair's starry Hollywood issues.

Since Jones took over the reins in December from Graydon Carter (who was with the magazine for 25 years), there has been a rash of departures, and some coverage of fashion and style has shifted to a centralized Conde Nast hub supplying several magazines, according to sources. 

Last month, according to WWD, more than a dozen staffers were let go, including managing editor Chris Garett, features editor Jane Sarkin, deputy editors Aimee Bell and Dana Brown, and Carter’s spokesperson Beth Kseniak.  Deputy editor Stephanie Mehta also left to become editor-in-chief of Fast Company.

Jones hosted her first Vanity Fair Oscars party at a custom-built space adjacent to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4 in Beverly Hills and the March edition of the magazine featured Jones’ debut editor’s letter, in which she mentioned the Harvey Weinstein allegations and emphasized “the importance of championing women, new voices, people who come from a wide range of ethnicities and backgrounds.”

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