Saudi princess sacked as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Arabia

Princess Deena out after only two issues of the much-talked-about magazine
Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz attends the Altuzarra fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Spring Studios on February 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Thu 13 Apr 2017 03:52 PM

Saudi Arabia’s Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz has
been sacked as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Arabia after publishing just two issues
of the magazine.

The princess, who had no previous editing experience, was appointed by Condé
Nast International in July, ahead of the title’s first launch in the Middle
East.

She told Fashion Network: “I didn’t leave. I was fired. And I shall be
releasing a statement about what happened later today. They are in breach of
contract and they shall be hearing from my lawyers.”

Prior to her appointment, she had been working for ten years in the luxury
retail industry as the co-founder of fashion concept store D’NA.

In a press release after being hired, she was described by Karina
Dobrotvorskaya, President of Condé Nast New Markets and Editorial, as “an
Editor in Chief with a deep understanding of fashion and the modern Arabian
Woman.”

Only last week, Princess Deena appeared at a star studded party in Qatar to
celebrate the launch of Vogue Arabia, telling guests including Naomi Campbell
“It was a dream that someday we would get Vogue into the region, but never in a
million years did I imagine I would be at the helm of it.”

It is believed that bosses at Condé Nast International, led by chairman and
CEO Jonathan Newhouse, decided to replace her before publication of the third
issue in two weeks, with a new editor already chosen.

The magazine is being published by Dubai-based Nervora, which also publishes
PopSugar Middle East and ShopStyle Middle East.

Condé Nast International declined to comment, but said an official
announcement would be made later on Thursday.

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