Vanessa De Luca
Editor-in-Chief, Essence Magazine
Vanessa K. De Luca is Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE where she is responsible for overseeing the content and vision for the preeminent magazine for Black women, as well as ESSENCE.com, the daily online destination for African-American women.
De Luca joined ESSENCE more than a decade ago as Beauty and Fashion Features Editor. In 2003, she was named Lifestyle Director and was promoted to Executive Editor in 2005. De Luca was named to her current post in July 2013.
Prior to joining ESSENCE, she served in a variety of editorial capacities at publications such as Life and Glamour. She is also the coauthor of the best-selling beauty and empowerment book, Tyra Banks Beauty Inside & Out.
De Luca received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and her Master of Science in Magazine Concentration from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.