NEW YORK, United States — Stuart Emmrich, Vogue.com’s new editor, is exiting the publication at the end of the summer after less than a year in the role. Emmrich and a representative for American Vogue confirmed the news, and said he informed Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour of his desire to return to writing “a few weeks ago.” A replacement for the position will be hired.
Previously, Emmrich did a brief stint as assistant managing editor of The Los Angeles Times, working on its lifestyle section, after more than a decade at The New York Times, where he was best known for editing the Styles section. He joined Wintour’s fashion publication in December 2019, effectively replacing longtime Vogue veteran Sally Singer, to help “reinvent” its website, as he described it to Fashion Week Daily in February. He said he wanted to focus more on politics, climate change and social responsibility. Creative Editorial Director Mark Guiducci, the former editor of Garage magazine, joined Vogue in March and also assumed some of Singer’s responsibilities.
"I'd like to thank Stuart for the editorial leadership he has brought to Vogue.com; we have all enjoyed working with him," said Wintour in a statement. "This moment is one of self-reflection for so many, and I fully respect and support his decision to pursue a different path."
As the Black Lives Matter movement gains steam across the US and the globe, media companies including Condé Nast and Vogue are responding to accounts of discrimination in the workplace. In early June, Wintour sent Vogue staff an e-mail, apologising for publishing “images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant” and said the publication will do more to support Black employees.