After a 12-year run, Aaron Hicklin has recently stepped down from his position as editor-in-chief of OUT Magazine. With his absence leaves the opportunity to steer the publication's iconic queer legacy toward a new generation.
Parent company, Pride Media has announced Phillip Picardi as the magazine's new editor-in-chief. Picardi is known for his work as chief content officer at Teen Vogue, where he shifted focus from fashion and celebrity to gender equality and social justice themes, helping bring their traffic from 2 to 12 million unique monthly visitors in two short years. He then became the founding editor for them, Condé Nast's first platform for the LGBTQ community.
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“Over the past few years, I worked with a devoted team to shift Teen Vogue from a fashion magazine for young women to a place for political commentary and discourse," Picardi says.
"Through this exercise, I learned two very important things. The first is that legacy titles have immense resonance and importance, and preserving their reputation and vitality is crucial — both to the people who have treasured them as household names, and to new audiences who crave representation and visibility. The second is that ‘legacy’ doesn’t mean sticking to the same path — in order to earn loyalty and affinity, you constantly have to modernize your approach to storytelling.
"I’m excited to take some of these lessons to OUT, both on the printed page and on the screen. It’s an honor to be passed the torch by Aaron Hicklin, who made history by putting President Obama on the cover. And it’s even more crucial that we all rally behind OUT at a time in our nation’s history when fighting for our own narratives and equality is becoming more important than ever before.”
Picardi's work has earned him several awards and accolades, including two Webby Awards and a GLAAD Media Award, as well as being named in Forbe's 30 Under 30 and Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People. He's also recieved recognition from the Pride Media family, having beein included in The Advocate's 50 Most Influential LGBTQ People in Media and the OUT100.
“As we look to the future of Out Magazine, and the role it can play in the lives of all members of the LGBTQ+ community, we could not have found a more exceptionally dynamic and determined leader than Phillip to grow and lead the brand into the future” stated Nathan Coyle, CEO of Pride Media Inc. “Phillip is adept in combining his activism with his resonant editorial acumen to grow brands and reach entirely new audiences in an industry where growth can be a challenge.”