Nina García

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Nina García
García in 2012
Nina García

(1965-05-03) May 3, 1965 (age 58)
Barranquilla, Colombia
OccupationFashion journalist
Notable credit(s)Public relations, Perry Ellis, Marc Jacobs; Market Editor, Mirabella; Fashion Director, Elle; Fashion Director, Marie Claire
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
TitleEditor-in-chief, Elle[1]
SpouseDavid Conrod

Ninotchka "Nina" García (Spanish pronunciation: [niˈna ɣaɾˈsi.a]; born May 3, 1965)[2] is a Colombian-American fashion journalist, the editor-in-chief of Elle, author, and a judge on the Bravo/Lifetime reality television program Project Runway since its first season.

Early life and education[edit]

García was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, the daughter of a wealthy importer.[3] She graduated from the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1983 and holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University. Later she attended Esmod (École Supérieure de la Mode) in Paris and earned a bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising in 1992 from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).[4][5]


Garcia in New York in 2011

Garcia began her career in the fashion industry in the early 1980s.[3] She worked in the public relations department for Perry Ellis and its then-designer, Marc Jacobs.


After leaving Marc Jacobs, García moved to Mirabella, where she worked as Assistant Stylist and Market Editor until taking a position at Elle. She became Fashion Director of Elle in 2000.[6] She left the Fashion Director position in April 2008, becoming Editor-at-Large at the magazine until the end of August. On April 11, 2008, Us Weekly reported that Garcia left her post as fashion director of Elle. Garcia's contract was reportedly up for renewal. Roberta Myers, Vice President/Editor-in-Chief at the magazine, announced May 15, 2008 that they had entered a new agreement with Nina Garcia who was named Editor-at-Large through September 1, 2008.[7] Garcia was named the creative director of Marie Claire in 2012.[8] Garcia is currently the editor-in-chief of Elle.[9]

Other work[edit]

Her impact reaches beyond the fashion industry, as she takes on roles in spaces like television and mainstream media. She has hosted the red carpet for ABC's Oscar telecast, has been a judge on the Peabody Award-winning show Project Runway since it launched in 2004, and serves as a style expert on programs including Good Morning America, The View, Today, and CNN.[10]

In May 2016, Garcia joined the advisory board of fashion tech company Nineteenth Amendment, a platform for independent fashion designers to launch collections and have their designs made on demand and sustainably in the US.[11]


García is the author of four books.[4] On September 5, 2007, Garcia's book, The Little Black Book of Style (HarperCollins) was released. The book has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese.[12] In August 2008, Garcia's second book for HarperCollins, The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own was released.[13] Garcia's third book, The Style Strategy was published in August 2009.[14] Nina Garcia's Look Book was published in September 2010.[15]


In 2010, García received an Oracle Award from Fashion Group International,[16] and the Individual Achievement award from the Hispanic Federation.[16] In 2015, García received the Champion of Educational Excellence Award from the Oliver Scholars Program.[17] García also received the 2021 Media Award in Honor of Eugenia Sheppard from the Council of Fashion Designers of America for her work with ELLE.[18] In 2022, García was honored as one of the Women of the Year by USA Today.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Nina García is married to David Conrod, CEO of FocusPoint Private Capital Group.[20] Together they have two children and they live in New York.[20][21] In February 2019, Garcia published an article in Elle stating that she would not be attending Fashion Week that year because she was undergoing a preventative double mastectomy.[22]


  1. ^ Schneier, Matthew. "Nina Garcia Will Run Elle". New York Times.
  2. ^ "Nina Garcia on". Archived from the original on 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  3. ^ a b Tkacik, Maureen (2008-08-17), "America's Next Top Fashion Editor", New York Magazine, retrieved 2010-07-14
  4. ^ a b Fashion Institute of Technology, Nina Garcia to Give Keynote Address at FIT's Graduation Ceremonies on May 25 Archived 2010-10-05 at the Wayback Machine 2010-05-18. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  5. ^ Clehane, Diane (January 20, 2010). "So What Do You Do, Nina Garcia, Marie Claire Fashion Director & Project Runway Judge?". Retrieved November 21, 2014.
  6. ^ Bravo TV Bio Archived 2006-03-13 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Fashion Week Daily - Dispatch - Project Runway Status Confirmed Archived 2008-05-18 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Phelan, Hayley. "Nina Garcia Named Creative Director at Marie Claire". Fashionista. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  9. ^ Schneier, Matthew (2017-09-12). "Nina Garcia Will Run Elle". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  10. ^ "Nina Garcia". Bravo TV. 2018-10-11. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  11. ^ "Editor-in-Chief of Elle + Project Runway Judge Nina Garcia Selects Her Top Nineteenth Amendment Designers!". Clarissa Rosania. 2018-05-03. Archived from the original on 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  12. ^ "Nina Garcia".
  13. ^ "The One Hundred".
  14. ^ "The Style Strategy".
  15. ^ "Excerpt: 'The Look Book,' by Nina Garcia - ABC News". ABC News.
  16. ^ a b "Nina Garcia Named Editor-in-Chief of ELLE". 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  17. ^ "Nina Garcia named editor-in-chief of Elle". 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  18. ^ "CFDA".
  19. ^ "Women of the Year". USA Today.
  20. ^ a b Goronja, Ariel (2019-03-21). "David Conrod, Nina Garcia's Husband: What You Need to Know". Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  21. ^ "Project Runway Judge Nina Garcia's Manhattan Home". Architectural Digest. October 2012. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  22. ^ Garcia, Nina (2019-02-07). "A Personal Choice". ELLE. Retrieved 2019-05-02.

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