Several Cosmopolitan staffers–now former Cosmopolitan staffers–are having a pretty terrible week, as new EIC Joanna Coles continues to make changes to the masthead.
When we caught up with Coles during Fashion Week, shortly after she’d been hired, she told us, “I want to go there and meet everybody, and then get a sense of what everybody is thinking.” She must not have been too thrilled with what some of them were thinking, as at least eight staffers were let go on Wednesday: Six in features and two in photo, the Observer is reporting (The Cut seems to think seven were laid off in the features department rather than six).
When asked for comment, a Cosmo spokesperson simply said, “New incoming editors in chief often want to form their own teams. We will be announcing more new hires shortly.”
Coles has really been getting down to business. She’s already redesigned the magazine’s cover, brought on three former Marie Claire staffers, and hosted a luncheon for New York’s 100 most influential women.
A source told the Observer that the former staffers were sent right to their desks to pack after being let go, and all that’s left in Cosmo‘s feature department now is one senior editor, one associate editor, and two editorial assistants. Given the speed with which Coles has been making changes, we doubt that will be the case for long. The Observer reports that Coles has “spent the past month interviewing people in her office.”