Media Mover of the Week: Harper’s Bazaar Executive Editor Christopher Tennant

by Kristen Heinzinger

Harper’s Bazaar has hired its very own “Man of the World.” Christopher Tennant, who most recently was editor-in-chief at the men’s mag, (and who has also had bylines at Vanity Fair, The Daily Front Row, New York MagazinePage Six, and others), has joined the Glenda Bailey-helmed women’s glossy as executive editor. During his busy first week on the job, he writes in to give an update.

How did the job at Bazaar come about?
The old-fashioned way. A mysterious email from an assistant, followed by a short meeting and a long memo.

What will your day-to-day look like?
A series of planning and idea meetings, some page approving, lots of email sending, a bit of salad eating, and some line editing. Non-stop glamour.

How do you feel about editing a women’s fashion magazine?
I feel great. The clothes might be different, but the goal is the same: to marry exceptional words and pictures in ways that move readers.

Will you be involved in the shoots or only written content?
Both, which is a big part of what drew me to the job. For a story to really sing, all the pieces need to work together.

What are you most looking forward to in this new job?
The chance to collaborate with veteran writers and photographers on ambitious projects while promoting new talent. It’s a big stage to play with.

Are you still making dioramas?
I am! Not as often as I’d like to, but it’s cheaper than therapy.  

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