Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter stepping down after 25 years

Kristopher Drake
September 8, 2017

An interesting and possibly unrelated sidebar to Carter's departure is the quiet announcement that more layoffs and "structural changes" are coming to VF's parent company Condé Nast, the second such announcement in a year.

Toronto-born Graydon Carter is leaving Vanity Fair after 25 years as the magazine's editor.

"Can't wait for Vanity Fair to fold which, under Graydon Carter, will be sooner rather than later", said the president in October of 2012.

"I've loved every moment of my time here and I've pretty much accomplished everything I've ever wanted to do", he said in a statement. "Way down, big trouble, dead!" "Graydon Carter, no talent, will be out!"

Vanity Fair's average monthly print circulation was 1.2 million for the six months ended June 2017, According to the Alliance for Audited Media.


During his time at the since-shuttered Spy Magazine, Carter frequently skewered then-real-estate mogul Donald Trump, famously noting Trump's small hands, calling Trump a "short-fingered vulgarian", an observation that Trump has fixated on publicly for years, even at one point sending Carter a printout of his hands.

Among his earlier claims to fame was his 1980s stint as a founding editor of snarky Spy magazine, which repeatedly described the flashy NY real estate mogul Donald Trump as a "short-fingered vulgarian".

It is unclear who will replace Carter, though Adam Moss of New York Magazine and Janice Min of The Hollywood Reporter are considered viable possibilities - per the Times report.

Some of the magazine's biggest stories under Carter include a 2005 piece unmasking of former Federal Bureau of Investigation official Mark Felt as "Deep Throat" in the Watergate scandal and a 2015 feature depicting Caitlyn Jenner after her gender transition.

He will still oversee the 2018 edition of the Hollywood Issue, one of the magazine's flagship annual numbers.

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