Did Hollywood's continuing Harvey Weinstein scandal affect Conde Nast's decision to move the lower profile, but not less credentialed Radhika Jones into the editor-in-chief chair at Vanity Fair?
Jones will be the magazine's fifth editor-in-chief since it was revived in 1983, and she succeeds the famed Graydon Carter, who has helmed Vanity Fair since 1992.
"There is nothing else out there quite like Vanity Fair," Jones said in a statement. "It doesn't just reflect our culture — it drives our understanding of it. It can mix high and low, wit and gravitas, powerful narrative and irresistible photography. It has a legacy of influential reporting, unmatchable style and, above all, dedication to its readers. I am honored to succeed Graydon Carter as editor and excited to get to work."
We'll never know if the Harvey Weinstein scandal and its aftermath influenced Conde Nast's pick of Radhika Jones, but it seems probable that a too-familiar relationship with Hollywood moguls might not be an ace credential in what has become a daily struggle of outing one Hollywood exec after another over sexual harassment accusations and sexual assault. Perhaps a more important qualification could be an editor or writer's relationship with the women of Hollywood and women in general.