Glenda Bailey is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Harper’s BAZAAR

Glenda Bailey is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Harper’s BAZAAR


Hearst today announced that Dame Glenda Bailey is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Harper’s BAZAAR after nearly 19 years in the role. Effective March 1, Bailey will become a global consultant at Harper’s BAZAAR, which has 29 editions around the world. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Magazines President Troy Young.

Bailey will preside at the February 28 opening in Paris of a new exhibit at the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs, “Harper’s BAZAAR: First in Fashion.” This follows upon Bailey’s damehood, which she earned from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the GREAT Britain campaign, U.K. prosperity, charity, fashion, and journalism.

“I’ve wanted BAZAAR to be a party that everyone is invited to, and I thank my incredibly talented team for helping me do just that,” Bailey said. “Fashion and beauty are my career and my hobby—there’s nothing that inspires me more. With the exhibition opening during Paris Fashion Week, the timing is perfect for a new adventure. I’m looking forward to working with brands to find creative solutions and with our global editors to learn about their audiences and devise ways to surprise and delight them.” 

As editor-in-chief, Bailey’s approach—original, sometimes irreverent and always in keeping with BAZAAR’s great tradition of high fashion and innovative art direction—has received critical recognition and multiple accolades, including nine ASME Best Cover Awards and 11 Lucie Awards. In 2015, Harper’s BAZAAR was Adweek’s Hottest Fashion Magazine of the Year; The Daily Front Row named Harper’s BAZAAR Fashion Magazine of the Year in 2016. Bailey received the Fashion Group International’s Fashion Oracle Award in 2014 and FIT’s President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

In her new role, Bailey will serve as Hearst’s liaison with the 29 global editions of Harper’s BAZAAR, working with both editorial teams and luxury, fashion and beauty marketers to develop partnerships and portfolios. In addition, Bailey will produce two special reports each year. Bailey will help identify her successor as editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition, who will be named shortly. 

“Glenda Bailey’s Harper’s BAZAAR has been a powerful voice for fashion innovation around the world,” Swartz said. “We are so pleased that she will remain with Hearst as she transitions to a role of global fashion thought leader and brand ambassador for Harper’s BAZAAR.”

Bailey’s inventiveness has created unforgettable images: Rihanna swimming with sharks, Demi Moore and a giraffe on a beach and Angelina Jolie taking tea with cheetahs in the sands of Namibia. Lady Gaga appeared makeup-free and Serena Williams unretouched on BAZAAR covers.  

“Glenda’s mark on the BAZAAR brand is indelible and her contributions immeasurable,” Young said. “She’s passionate about fashion as both entertainment and high art, and we’re happy to be able to access her creativity and imagination for our global editions.” 

Bailey is also responsible for remarkable features and meaningful partnerships. She developed “Fabulous at Every Age” into a monthly franchise and helped the empowering mantra expand into events and awards that resonated with readers and marketers. To celebrate the magazine’s 150th anniversary, Bailey lit up the Empire State Building with images from the pages of Harper’s BAZAAR, a first for a magazine. Bailey worked with former first lady Michelle Obama, who opened the doors of the White House to celebrate young talent, and with the U.K.’s GREAT campaign to debut two new portraits of the Queen by David Bailey. Bailey invited artists to the pages of BAZAAR, from Liu Bolin to Cindy Sherman to Takashi Murakami. She has authored two books of photographs for the brand, Harper’s BAZAAR: 150 Years and Harper’s BAZAAR: Greatest Hits.

Bailey is active in the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, co-hosting its annual Fashion Gala, which has raised close to $11 million since 2013 and honored Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Carolina Herrera, and Leonard Lauder, among other designers and brands. 

Prior to BAZAAR, Bailey was editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition of Marie Claire, and before that, was editor-in-chief of British Marie Claire, which she launched in 1988 and quickly became the top-selling fashion magazine in the U.K.

In January 2008, she received an O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire), from Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of her services to British journalism and fashion in the United States. In 2012, the French government honored her with the award of Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Born in Derbyshire, England, Bailey earned a degree in fashion design from Kingston University. She was also awarded an honorary master’s degree from her alma mater and an honorary doctorate from Derby University.

Glenda Bailey is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Harper’s BAZAAR