Radhika Jones Is Vanity Fair’s New Editor-in-Chief

Vanity Fair has announced Indian American writer Radhika Jones as its new editor-in-chief.

Jones, an Indian American writer, will be replacing Graydon Carter at the helm, who was editor-in-chief at Vanity Fair since 1992. Her stellar résumé boasts a doctorate from Columbia University, as well as former editing titles at the New York Times, The Paris Review and TIME Magazine.

Long-time Vanity Fair readers were initially puzzled by Jones’ appointment, worried that her bookish background were an odd fit for a magazine centered on entertainment, but Jones said her academic interests and fascination with celebrity and fashion are not mutually exclusive.

The 44-year-old said her interest in the glitz and glam of Hollywood and fashion intensified after she read Tina Brown’s “Vanity Fair Diaries,” which analyzes high and low culture as defined by the glossy pages of one of entertainment’s pre-eminent magazines.

Jones will begin her tenure on Dec. 11.