Glenda Bailey was named editor in chief of Harper’s BAZAAR in May 2001, and in the past 17 years she has turned the title around to usher in a new era of success. Her approach—original, sometimes irreverent, and always in keeping with BAZAAR’s great tradition of high fashion and innovative art direction—has received significant critical recognition and has contributed to what the Independent has referred to as “the Bailey legend.”
In May, 2019, Glenda Bailey was made a Dame for her contributions to journalism and participation in the Great Britain campaign, which promotes travel, business, culture, and more in the U.K. In January, 2008, Bailey received an O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire), from Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of her services to British journalism and fashion in the United States. In 2012, Bailey was honored by the French government with the award of Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She also received Editor of the Year in Adweek’s Hot List Awards in 2001, and was inducted to the MIN Editorial Hall of Fame in 2010.
Prior to becoming editor in chief of BAZAAR, Bailey served in the same capacity at the U.S. edition of Marie Claire. Before her move to New York, Bailey served as the editor in chief of British Marie Claire, which she launched in 1988. Under her editorship, Marie Claire became the biggest-selling fashion magazine in the United Kingdom.
Born in Derbyshire, England, Bailey earned a degree in fashion design from Kingston University. She was also awarded an honorary master’s degree from her alma mater and an honorary doctorate from Derby University.