Today Show: Keija Minor theGrio Top 100
NBC News’ sister website, theGrio, released their list of the top 100 people making history today and among names like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Solange Knowles, readers might notice a name they have not heard before: Keija Minor, Editor in Chief of Brides. But it wasn’t an easy trip for Minor.
After graduating from Howard University Law School, Minor became a corporate lawyer but quit her job after four years and took a leap of faith into the magazine business. She told the Today Show she saved enough money to pay her mortgage for a year but she had a job well before all the money was gone. She started her new career by taking an 80 percent pay cut and working for a small travel magazine. After a few years there she worked her way up to editor, eventually becoming the editor of Gotham and Uptown before reaching her biggest success as the first African American editor in chief for a magazine owned by Conde Nast.
A spokesperson for Conde Nast said they realized the “historical noteworthiness” of hiring the first African American editor in chief but he also said Minor has the right qualifications for the job.
Keija Minor: Editor In Chief Of Brides
Minor told the Today Show she loves going to work every day. She loves sifting through the countless items you can buy for a wedding and she likes giving her readers a chance to find the perfect wedding dress or flowers simply by sitting at home and reading the magazine.
Making Minor the editor in chief of Brides might have been a smart move by Conde Nast, who said about 40 percent of the people reading magazines in America are minorities. What better way to keep readership high than by putting an African American woman at the helm of the magazine? She has literally become a role model to minorities but Minor doesn’t see it that way.
“Anna Wintour and Michelle Obama have track records and I am still growing,” she said.
When asked about her advice for making it work in such a tough business, Minor said everyone needs to surround themselves with great people who can help them achieve their goals and never think it is too early or too late to make a leap of faith. It is always the right time.