After only two issues, former editor-in-chief Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz has officially left Vogue Arabia.
According to the reports, the Saudi royal was "fired" from the position due to her failure to compromise. Princess Deena said in an interview, "I felt the publisher’s approach conflicted with the values which underpin our readers and the role of the editor-in-chief in meeting those values in a truly authentic way."
In a statement, Nervora chief executive Shashi Menon acknowledged the Princess' contribution to the magazine, “As the launch editor-in-chief of Vogue Arabia, Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz successfully fulfilled her commitment to create a platform to challenge perceptions of Arab women and to present alternative narratives coming out of the Middle East, while exposing diverse audiences to the region’s rich past and contemporary design scene. All at Vogue Arabia wish to thank Deena for the visionary launch and for preparing the groundwork for the future of the brand.”
Manuel Arnaut, who began his career at Vogue Portugal and has been with Condé Nast for over a decade, has been formally appointed as Princess Deena's replacement. He shares, "After starting my professional life at Vogue, and having grown up devouring each page of its international editions, I'm deeply honored to have the opportunity to come ‘home,’ at the helm of Vogue Arabia." He will start his new post on May 7.
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Under her tenure, Princess Deena put on Vogue Arabia's inaugural cover that was graced by supermodel Gigi Hadid and was shot by Inez Vinoodh. For her second and last edition, the royal placed Imaan Hammam, a Dutch model of Egyptian and Moroccan descent to front the April issue.