‘Essence’ Fires White Editor Two Years After Her Controversial Hiring

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  • "Essence" fashion director Ellianna Placas has been let go from her post after more than two years, according to the NY Post’s Page Six.

    If you recall, Placas’ hiring at Essence was very controversial. Placas, who is white, in 2010 upset the mostly African-American readers/subscribers of the publication. Some of felt Essence should have sought out a black editor.

    Sources told the Post that her departure had less to do with race and more to do with her butting heads with editor-in-chief Constance White.

    “They had different visions for fashion coverage,” said one. An Essence spokesperson confirmed to Page Six that Placas has left the company. A search for her replacement is ongoing. We could be wrong, but we think she’ll probably be a sista.

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