What makes it so exciting to be an Editor in Chief in 2020 is the privilege of leading the conversation, reinventing the genre, and empowering a community of smart, successful women to evolve alongside us.
Consistently setting ourselves apart, Grazia is the first title in the region to launch an education initiative – The Grazia Academy in partnership with College of Fashion & Design in Dubai – offering real-world skills for the digital age, taught by industry experts, aimed at those looking for a career change, a side-hustle, and even those hoping to become the Middle East's next big Insta star.
And as the first international fashion media brand in the world to ban the promotion of weight-loss diets across all platforms, and move the agenda onto an altogether more compassionate celebration of body positivity, our audience can justifiably hold us accountable, amid what can sometimes be a confusing cacophony of toxicity and mixed messaging.
So from February 2020, I’m proud to announce that print edition of Grazia Middle East will go monthly, with an issue devoted to self-love – subverting traditional and quite frankly tired Valentine’s Day themes in favour of a more enlightened and modern approach exploring a more meaningful connection to our relationships with ourselves.
These pioneering projects - and all our conversations across print, digital, social media and at our live events - serve as a commitment to our audience that we’ll stand beside them and cheer while we all become bigger and better – not smaller – versions of ourselves. Being the first Editor-in-Chief in the world to consciously lead in this way inspires and motivates me every day, and I’m determined to take a critical look at more ways I can lead in this arena and continue to raise the bar for us all.