Women’s magazines are dying and men are still the majority of readers, the editorial director of a major fashion house has said.
Fashion magazine editor-in-chief Julie Lott told The Australian the industry needed to “move forward” to address the problem of women losing influence in the industry, despite having more influence than men.
“It’s about the industry’s position,” she said.
It doesn’t matter what the gender is, we need to start thinking about how to change our ways.””
The industry needs to move forward in that direction.”
“It doesn’t matter what the gender is, we need to start thinking about how to change our ways.”
The magazine industry has struggled to attract women as it has faced the fallout from the recent ousting of former editor-at-large Liza Harvey, a key figure in the “Harvey effect”.
Ms Harvey was forced to resign from her job after the ouster of her former boss and a raft of other senior staff, including former president of the magazine’s board, Helen Zander, after a report into the publisher’s sexual harassment policies was released.
“We’re trying to do the right thing and not have a backlash of the Harvey effect,” Ms Lott said.
“We’re still working on it, we just need to have a clearer, clearer, clear vision of where we want to go in the future.”
The editorial director also said she hoped the industry would take “further steps” to ensure women had a voice in fashion, but was worried the backlash from Harvey’s ouster would prevent any meaningful changes.
“I think that’s what’s been going on for so long, women are still being excluded from fashion magazines and it’s something we’ve been talking about for so many years,” Ms Zander said.
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