“We’re in the middle of a pandemic, we’re in the middle of a racial justice movement, it’s a period of turmoil — I wasn’t necessarily thinking, ‘Oh, now’s a good time to start a new job remotely.'”
That was Nikki Ogunnaike’s mindset when she began talking to Hearst about taking on the digital director role at Harper’s Bazaar under newly-instated Editor-in-Chief Samira Nasr. Ogunnaike officially joined the fashion title in November of 2020, leaving behind GQ, where she had most recently been deputy fashion director.
Layoffs, hiring freezes and salary reductions were a big part of the pandemic story early on, but that doesn’t mean people didn’t also get hired. It did, however, mean that the process of getting and starting a new job might have felt a little strange for those involved: You may not meet the person hiring you — or your coworkers — IRL; you may not