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Director's Biographic Brief

Vanessa De Luca

Director

Vanessa De Luca is the Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE Magazine, the preeminent magazine for African-American women.  As the brand’s editorial leader, she oversees the content and vision of the core magazine as well as ESSENCE.com.  Her influence extends across ESSENCE’s various brand extensions – including top-tier events such as the ESSENCE Festival, Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon and Black Women in Music.

Mrs. De Luca first joined ESSENCE as Beauty and Fashion Editor, where she directed all styles and beauty sections.  In 2003, she was named Lifestyle Director, covering food, home, parenting, and technology.  Additionally, Mrs. De Luca contributed to the editorial features team with numerous impactful stories on subjects ranging from teen dating violence to childhood obesity.  In 2005, she was named Executive Editor, managing the editorial team to implement the brand’s creative vision, as well as overseeing staffing, systems, and operations.

Prior to joining ESSENCE, she served in a variety of editorial capacities at publications such as Life and Glamour.  An award-winning journalist and coauthor of the best-selling beauty and empowerment book, Tyra Banks Beauty Inside & Out, De Luca has been a featured guest on several national television networks, including NBC’s TODAY Show; MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Melissa Harris-Perry; CNN and more.

Mrs. De Luca received her B.A. degree, cum laude, in English and American Literature from Harvard University, her M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.  She sits on the board of ColorComm.

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