Deena Aljuhani Abdelaziz, the editor-in-chief, of newly-launched Vogue Arabia has left after just two print issues of the fashion magazine, according to the Associated Press. When asked about the reported departure Thursday, publisher Condé Nast International merely said: “We will ensure you receive the announcement regarding the new editor as and when the time is right.”
Abdelaziz – who told BoF that she was fired from her position, led Vogue’s nascent project when it was launched on the web last fall and through its first two print issues. The inaugural print edition published in March featured American “it” model Gigi Hadid on the cover. Saudi royalty, Abdelaziz, 42, who wed Prince Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud in 1998, also founded Riyadh and Doha’s members-only boutique D’NA, one of the premium shopping destinations in the Middle East.
According to a statement from Abdelaziz: “I refused to compromise when I felt the publisher’s approach conflicted with the values which underpin our readers and the role of the editor-in-chief in meeting those values in a truly authentic way.”
Although no formal announcement has been made of her successor, Vogue India is reporting that Manuel Arnaut, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest Middle East, is in the running for the position.
UPDATED (4/14/2017): The local publisher of Vogue Arabia has announced Manuel Arnaut as its new editor-in-chief a day after the surprise exit of its former editor. Arnaut is currently the editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest Middle East, which like Vogue Arabia, is a publication of Conde Nast International. In a statement released Friday, Dubai-based publisher Nervora said Arnaut, who hails from Portugal, will begin as editor-in-chief of Vogue Arabia May 7.