The newly redesigned T: The Times Style Magazine officially went out with last Sunday’s newspaper, and readers were apparently upset by the lack of diversity in the luxury magazine’s pages.
“There was much to admire,” Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote today. “But many readers found one aspect of the magazine disturbing – its lack of people of color. Indeed, there could be no argument; it was overwhelmingly white.”
Ms. Sullivan asked new T editor in chief Deborah Needleman to respond to the criticism of her first issue, which featured cover girl Lee Radziwill, Jackie O’s 79-year-old socialite sister, on the black and white cover. Ms. Needleman agreed with the critique and said that T can and will do better.
“It was something I noticed and regretted as we were putting the issue together. We are a global magazine and so would like the content , subjects and geography of stories to reflect that. In coming issues, we cover the people and places of Seoul, São Paulo, Kenya, Bollywood actors, Nigeria, etc.,” Ms. Needleman wrote. “A majority of fashion models are still unfortunately mostly white, but it is our aim to celebrate quality and beauty in all its diverse forms. We can and will aim to do better, but our goal is first and foremost to deliver the best stories we find, and it is my belief that quality and good journalism appeal to all of us regardless of our specific ethnic origins.”