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Deborah Needleman Steps Down As Editor of 'T' Magazine

"The New York Times" executive editor Dean Baquet and "T" Magazine editors Whitney Vargas and Minju Pak will decide on a successor.
Deborah Needleman in Milan, Italy. Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Deborah Needleman in Milan, Italy. Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

In a memo sent to staff at The New York Times on Monday, the paper's Executive Editor Dean Baquet announced that Deborah Needleman will soon be stepping down as editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. 

"I'll let her tell you what she will do next, but it mainly consists of taking a break and enjoying more of the world that T so vibrantly covers," wrote Baquet.

Needleman took on the top role, replacing Sally Singer, at T Magazine in 2012 after leaving WSJ Magazine, where she was editor-in-chief. Upon her arrival, Needleman overhauled the glossy's editorial team. Her first cover, which hit newsstands in February of 2013, featured New York socialite and sister to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lee Radziwill, along with new sections and a revamped art direction within the publication.

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Over the course of her tenure, Needleman received her fair share of critiques as editor, including lack of diversity, calling an end to "slut style" and putting a then-underage Julia Nobis on the cover in 2013, which led the publication's editors to examine its fashion photography policy more closely.

Needleman continued to bring fresh blood to the book, including new critics and a senior features editor in 2014. By June 2015, Needleman pushed T Magazine "out of start-up mode" with a new slate of hires, structural changes and a bigger focus on digital. Her most recent addition was French stylist and consultant Marie-Amélie Sauvé, who joined this past February and currently serves as the T's fashion director. Alexander Fury has been the magazine's Chief Fashion Correspondent since August.

Added Baquet: "She has built a tremendous staff, and they will continue producing one of the world's most beautiful magazines while we decide who will succeed her."

Baquet also notified the greater The New York Times team that he will spend the next few days "picking Deborah's brain." He will also take the time to discuss and decide on a successor with T Magazine's Executive Editor Whitney Vargas and Managing Editor Minju Pak.

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