On 24 January 2014, I reported that Grazia South Africa Editor Danielle Weakley will no longer be filling this position as from 31 March 2014. I can now report that Kerrie Simon-Lawrence has been appointed as Editor, and will be moving to South Africa (all the way from the Middle East) to take up her new role.
You can read more about her and her very impressive résumé below, but I thought I also include some of her Instagram moments so that you can get to know her better… You can also follow her on Twitter @KezSimon.
One of her last issues of Cosmopolitan Middle East
Packing… Already on her way to South Africa…?
December holidays and New Years in Sydney, Australia
I wish Kerrie all the luck in a new position, and welcome her to South Africa! I’m sure that under her leadership, she wouldn’t allow a photoshop-fail like this to happen on a Grazia South Africa cover… 🙂
Grazia South Africa is proud to announce the appointment of Kerrie Simon-Lawrence as the magazine’s new editor.
A native Australian, Kerrie is no stranger to the women’s magazine landscape and the Grazia brand. After a stint in the weekly magazine market in Sydney, she moved to Dubai. Kerrie joined the Grazia Middle East team as editor in 2009, growing it to the highest-selling fashion magazine in the region, and launched Grazia Bahrain in 2010. More recently she was the launching editor of Cosmopolitan Middle East.
“I’m very excited to be joining Grazia South Africa, to work alongside the outstanding editorial team and to continue to bring loyal readers and advertisers the magazine they love. Grazia is a brand that is close to my heart, and I look forward to working on the dynamic South African edition,” Kerrie says.
“Editing a weekly magazine with all the glam of a monthly requires a rare combination of interests and skills. “We are delighted with Kerrie’s appointment and look forward to welcoming her to Media24,” comments Liezl de Swardt, GM of Media24 Women’s Interest Magazines.”
Kerrie follows in the footsteps of launch editor Danielle Weakley, who joins Media24’s recently established Editorial Solutions team. Both will be in their new positions from April 2014.
Launched in May 2012, Grazia South Africa brings the easy chic formula of the international brand –easy chic fashion, news and celebrities – to South African audiences. In addition to the weekly print and digital editions, Grazia is also part of Media24’s online store, Spree, and MyEdit, the new content app for smartphone and tablet.
The Grazia brand, under license from Mondadori, made its debut in Italy in 1938 and has grown exponentially in the ensuing decades with 22 editions now published worldwide – from Italy, France, Germany and the UK to China, India and Mexico.