‘Essence’ Magazine Fires White Fashion Director

Thu., Jul. 26, 2012 1:02 PM EST
by Terry Shropshire

Essence magazine has dumped the controversial white fashion director, Ellianna Placas, after more than two years on the job.

Essence stated that Placas’ firing was caused by her and editor-in-chief Constance White never agreeing about the direction of the magazine from a fashion standpoint.

“They had different visions for fashion coverage,” a source told

Placas’ hiring in 2010 incited a fierce backlash from Essence’s African American female readership who complained bitterly that: one, that the slot should have been given to a talented black fashion connoisseur; and two, a white fashion director would not properly represent black female interests from a fashion standpoint.

The disdain for Placas’ hiring was so intense and widespread among its base that Essence leadership had to come forward with an official statement to justify her appointment.

A representative for Essence has confirmed that Placas is no longer with the iconic magazine and that they are searching for Placas’ replacement.

–terry shropshire


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  • zobop republic

    Essence never should have hired her in the first place.  If Black publications want to have an impact on society they need to control their images.

  • Taliba2