Vanessa K. Bush
, award-winning journalist, editor and author, is the new editor-in-chief of Essence
magazine, effective immediately. Martha Nelson, editor-in-chief, Time Inc., made the announcement today.
Bush will lead the brand's editorial team and oversee the magazine's content and vision. She was already working as the magazine's acting editor-in-chief since February of 2013.
Bush first joined Essence more than a decade ago as Beauty and Fashion Features Editor, where she directed all style and beauty sections. In 2003, Bush was named Lifestyle Editor.
"Vanessa's more than 10 years of experience as an editorial leader at Eeesence will ensure continued success for the preeminent African-American women's media brand," said Ms. Nelson. "She has the full support of Time Inc. to execute on her vision to honor this loyal and cherished audience."
As Acting Editor-in-Chief, Bush recruited Dawnie Walton as Deputy Editor, Aretha Busby as Beauty Director and Melissa Kramer as Fashion Director.
Prior to joining Essence, Vanessa served in a variety of editorial capacities at publications such as Life and Glamour
. She is also the co-author with Tyra Banks
of the best-selling beauty and empowerment book, Tyra's Beauty Inside & Out.