In September 2012, Woman You Should Know Keija Minor made publishing history when she was named Editor-in-Chief of Brides, the legendary bridal magazine and one of 18 titles owned by Condé Nast Publications. Her well earned appointment gave her the distinction of being the first African-American to ever lead a Condé Nast consumer title in the publishing giant’s 103 year existence.
Brides magazine, launched in 1934, is considered the engaged woman’s bible. They say its “fashion stories help her find the perfect gown for her figure, while beauty articles polish her hair and makeup. Flowers, cakes, favors, and reception details are treated to lavish photography.”
As Editor-in-Chief of both the print and digital editions of Brides, Keija is in command of an enormous job that has her curating the best of what’s out there for brides-to-be, cultivating trends, and overseeing all editorial initiatives. She also manages Brides-branded licensing deals.
Prior to taking the brand’s top spot, Keija was Executive Editor of Brides where she handled day-to-day editorial operations and was instrumental in developing the redesign of Brides.com, the Brides-branded stationery lines and the Brides Live Wedding program.
Before heading down the aisle to the bridal world, she earned her publishing stripes at a variety of influential luxury lifestyle magazines, holding top positions at every stop along the way: Editor-in-Chief of Uptown Magazine; Editor-in-Chief of Gotham Magazine; Managing Editor of Los Angeles Confidential and Aspen Peak.
Having achieved such incredible success in the highly competitive arena of magazine publishing, it’s interesting to know that Keija has a law degree and initially practiced corporate law, quite successfully, at the start of her career. But as she combed over SEC bulletins and legal briefs, something kept telling her that she – a born writer with a penchant for creativity – needed to be doing something else with her professional life. That’s when, in her late-twenties, she made a life altering decision to leave law, and the big salary that came with it, so she could pursue her dream.
To make that kind of dramatic transition took some strategic planning, steadfast belief in herself and a giant leap of faith. But the risk paid off because today, Keija is doing exactly what she has always wanted to do and is making a name for herself as a rising luminary in the publishing industry.
What Else She Shared… More With Keija Minor
WYSK: What is the most interesting item in your handbag right now?
KM: The latest issue of Vanity Fair.
WYSK: What gadget or technology can you not live without?
KM: My iPhone.
WYSK: What is the last book you read?
KM: Right now I am reading a bio of the Queen Mother. I’m also 30 pages in to Lean In.
WYSK: What is your biggest pet peeve?
KM: My biggest pet peeve… only one? It’s probably a tie between littering and loud swearing on the subway.
WYSK: What is your favorite indulgence?
KM: Oooh… again, only one? Last minute travel. When I get an itch to travel, I like go and I don’t tend to plan ahead because when I do, something always comes up – either work or personal – that prevents me from going. I was just in Cartagena, Columbia this past February and more recently, I went to LA for work.