Meet Vanessa Kingori from Kenya, The first female Publisher of British GQ and the first black Publisher at Condé Nast UK
The first female Publisher of British GQ and the first black Publisher at Condé Nast UK recently took time out of her busy schedule to share the story of her journey with WeAreTheCity.
As Publisher she is responsible for British GQ’s commercial success. Kingori has been in the role for a year having spent seven years at GQ in total. She was Publisher of GQ Style Magazine, an offshoot of the main brand for six years prior to her promotion: “I was initially tasked with turning one of the company’s smaller businesses to a larger more profitable brand. I worked hard to achieve that and sustain the success. I’m extremely proud of the fast growth we achieved.
That success led me here.” Kingori studied management and sociology at Royal Holloway University of London. After which it took some years and some experimental career choices before she found her career niche.“I wasn’t aware of the vast amount of roles in Publishing that exist outside of the editorial side. While working in events a friend saw how I connected with clients and suggested I consider the commercial side of media,” she explained.
Before joining Condé Nast, she was fashion manager of Esquire magazine in the UK, and prior to that she worked on the Evening Standard’s ES magazine.
@vanessakingori said it was not a conscious decision to work for men’s magazines, but that she has always been very comfortable with being different on many counts: “My path to celebrating my points of difference is best defined by my height. I’m very tall, so I’ve always had to come to terms with sticking out a bit. I realise now that it wasn’t an issue but an asset, as people always remember you. People who feel they’re not going to fit in can discount themselves early and unnecessarily. Via @mediablackoutusa