Sunday, 12 June 2011
CHARTING A COURSE: Jamaican-born Editor-in-Chief at Essence pledges commitment to new role
Embarking on a mission rife with endless possibilities as the new Editor-in-Chief of Essence, the pre-eminent beauty and lifestyle publication for Black women, Jamaica’s own Constance White is all too cognizant of the incredible responsibility she now has on her plate. But for the former eBay style director and Meadowbrook High School past student, the position is more of an exciting challenge than a heavy cross to bear.
And there is no more fantastic way to officially kick off your tenure as a magazine editor these days than with Beyoncé, the planet’s foremost diva of music, gracing your cover. Below, White’s first message from her desk to readers:
I am thrilled to write my first editor's letter to you, the readers of Essence. Like many of you, I have a deep appreciation for the ways in which this magazine has celebrated us, elevated us, and represented our beauty and strength.
This month, as I step into the role of Editor-in-Chief, I want you to know that I am committed to working with our team to reflect the truth of our lives in words, images, and ideas that uplift and empower us rather than confine us and bring us down...
We look forward to bringing you such exclusives and surprises in every issue. In the meantime, leave a comment for me at Essence.com/editorsdesk and let me know how you're feeling about the magazine. Be sure to tell me what you love and what you'd like to see more of. I'll be counting on you in the months ahead to help us celebrate you and keep it real.
- Constance C.R. White, Editor-in-Chief
June 8, 2011.
TALLAWAH wishes her only the best in this thrilling new capacity, which has positioned her to touch and help shape the lives and minds of women (and men) across the globe.