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Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Kellie Hush to depart

The editor-in-chief of Bauer Media’s Harper’s Bazaar, Kellie Hush, it set to leave the company.

Fairfax Media has speculated the departure comes as Bauer Media looks to consolidate the Harper’s Bazaar and Elle teams to create greater cost efficiencies.

Hush has quit Harper’s Bazaar 

A spokesperson for Bauer confirmed Hush’s departure to Mumbrella, however said the official statement would not be released until Monday.

Hush told Andrew Hornery from Fairfax’s PS section she is aware it is unusual to leave a top job, such as hers, willingly.

“Why would I leave such an amazing job? A job that no one leaves unless they’re sacked? I truly feel I’ve done the job and done it well. For six years I’ve edited a successful magazine, a magazine that is still successful, in what can only be described as a bloody tough market,” Fairfax reports her as saying.

She also implied the magazine could be set for some downgrades, and noted she wanted to go out on top.

“Bazaar is a luxury magazine that can’t be published on the smell of an oily rag, so I’d like to finish my tenure while that rag still smells like Chanel No. 5,” she said, while also mentioning budget cuts and the magazine world’s constant search for a viable business model.

Hush joined the then ACP Magazines title in 2012, just over a year after she had come on board at sister title Grazia.

Hush is also a former fashion editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and executive editor of Who Magazine.

Mumbrella’s story will be updated when Bauer releases its official statement on the matter.

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