Lindsay Peoples Wagner at an IMG event in 2019. Editorial Credit: Lev Radin, Shutterstock.
From 2015 to 2018, Lindsay Peoples Wagner made waves as the fashion market editor at The Cut, a New York Magazine style and culture site that has garnered a dedicated audience since its launch as a stand-alone site in 2012. She won an ASME Next Award in 2017, honoring outstanding achievement by magazine journalists under the age of 30, and a piece she wrote titled "What It’s Really Like to Be Black and Work in Fashion", in which Peoples Wagner interviewed 100 Black fashion insiders, is largely credited with laying the groundwork for the racial reckoning the industry has faced over the last several years.
That story led her to the top position at Teen Vogue, where she became the youngest Editor-in-Chief in the history of a Condé Nast magazine and one of just a handful of Black journalists to have ever led a Condé Nast publication.
Now, after two years at Teen Vogue, she's returning to The Cut - this time as Editor-in-Chief. She becomes the face of one of the country's leading women’s media brands, as The Cut was a 2019 National Magazine Award finalist for best service and lifestyle website.
“We’re all multifaceted human beings, and we can enjoy fashion and want to enjoy some fun but also really care about the state of the world and where we are in politics,” Peoples Wagner told the New York Times. “I think The Cut has done a really good job of not putting women in boxes.”
Peoples Wagner is taking over for Stella Bugbee, who stepped down in October to become an editor-at-large at New York Magazine. Bugbee, who led The Cut from its inception until last year, spearheaded a 2017 redesign to include a wider coverage politics and gender issues. In a now oft-repeated story, soon after meeting Peoples Wagner, Bugbee thought to herself, "Someday Lindsay should run The Cut."
"Her commitment to creating an inclusive fashion community is unparalleled in the industry," Bugbee said in the company's announcement. "She’s a force who’s just at the beginning of her career, and I look forward to watching her as she blazes her path forward.”
In 2020, Peoples Wagner was named to The Root 100, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and also co-founded the Black In Fashion Council alongside marketing expert Sandrine Charles. Earlier in her career, she held fashion roles at Style.com, Teen Vogue, and O, The Oprah Magazine. A Wisconsin native, she graduated from Buena Vista University with a bachelor’s degree in art and journalism.
"(Lindsay) is that extraordinary thing: a leader with a vision, someone in firm command of the terrain while also able to see beyond the horizon," New York Magazine Editor-in-chief David Haskell said. "Her time at the Cut was memorable — legendary, even — and she gets what makes it such a special publication. She will arrive at a time of massive change in the lives of the Cut’s audience, as well as in the fashion and media industries, and I’m certain she has the confidence and imagination to meet that opportunity and build on Stella Bugbee’s phenomenal legacy."
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