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Vogue Arabia appoints new editor after abrupt 2-issue exit

This undated photo released by Vogue Arabia, shows the cover of the March 2017 edition of Vogue Arabia magazine with American supermodel Gigi Hadid in an embellished, mesh veil. Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, the Saudi princess at the helm of the newly launched Vogue Arabia has apparently left her post as editor-in-chief after just two print issues of the luxury fashion magazine. (Inez and Vinoodh/Vogue Arabia via AP)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The local publisher of Vogue Arabia announced Manuel Arnaut as its new editor-in-chief on Friday, a day after the surprise exit of its former editor.

Arnaut is currently the editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest Middle East, which like Vogue Arabia is a publication of Conde Nast International.

Dubai-based publisher Nervora, which publishes Vogue Arabia in partnership with Conde Nast, said Arnaut will start in his new role on May 7. Arnaut, who hails from Portugal, previously held posts at Vogue Portugal, GQ Portugal, as well as having had his work published in Vogue and GQ Brazil.

The luxury fashion magazine’s edition for the Middle East had published just two print issues when it was reported Thursday that its editor-in-chief, Saudi Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, was no longer in the post.

She was quoted in a statement to insider fashion website Business of Fashion saying she was fired because she refused to compromise on her vision for the magazine.

“It had initially been my intention to build this important and groundbreaking edition of Vogue from inception to a mature magazine in line with others in the Vogue stable,” she said, before adding that she felt the publisher’s approach conflicted with the traditional values that underpin the region.

The inaugural print edition published in March featured American supermodel Gigi Hadid on the cover and included a section entirely in Arabic. In an interview last month with The Associated Press in her Dubai office, Abdulaziz discussed the idea behind Hadid wearing an embellished, mesh veil on the cover.

“I don’t want Vogue Arabia to just be another regional magazine. I definitely want it to be a global one as well, especially in this political climate. I think it’s very important,” the mother of three had said.

Her surprise departure comes just days after Abdulaziz posted on Instagram images from the magazine’s launch party held recently in Doha, Qatar.

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