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Graydon Carter Will Step Down from 'Vanity Fair' in December

The editor has helmed the Condé Nast publication for 25 years.
Graydon Carter at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Graydon Carter at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The past couple of years have brought changes aplenty to Condé Nast — on both the business and editorial fronts. Beloved editors shuffled from book to book: Amy Astley and Jane Keltner de Valle left their posts at Teen Vogue and Glamour, respectively, in order to revamp Architectural Digest; Elaine Welteroth was promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue; and Brides Editor-in-Chief Keija Minor recently exited the publication. Meanwhile, several rounds of layoffs affected even Condé's most well-known employees, like former W Beauty Director Jane Larkworthy. In addition, a major internal restructuring has led to a streamlining and sharing of resources across several titles which, in short, meant more layoffs, specifically among publishers. And finally, there's the continuous shrinking of print pages: Self officially ceased publication in February, while Teen Vogue cut down to just four issues a year. 

But perhaps the most shocking news to come out of 1 World Trade in 2017 thus far was announced on Thursday. Graydon Carter, who's served as the editor of Vanity Fair for 25 years, announced his resignation, and will officially leave the magazine in December. "I've loved every moment of my time here and I've pretty much accomplished everything I've ever wanted to do," Carter said in a press release. "I'm now eager to try out this 'third act' thing that my contemporaries have been telling me about, and I figure I'd better get a jump on it."

Aside from Anna Wintour, Carter's easily the most well-known "celebrity" editor left working today (with equally famous hair to boot), and to call his departure the "end of an era" would be a vast understatement. In the fashion space, the magazine's become famous for its International Best Dressed Lists, its annual Hollywood Issue that features the best and brightest of the entertainment world dressed to the nines, its continued coverage of royalty, the über-weathy and the jetset lifestyle; and its editorial shoots by the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, Helmut Newton, Patrick Demarchelier, Mario Testino, Herb Ritts and more. Who can forget when Vanity Fair broke the earth-shattering story about Caitlyn Jenner's transition, with a cover shoot by Leibovitz in 2015.

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According to the New York Times, Adam Moss of New York magazine and Janice Min of The Hollywood Reporter are rumored to be on the short list for Carter's replacement, but as with most Condé Nast whisperings, we'll wait for some solid evidence before we start speculating.

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