Nina Garcia is the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine and has been a judge on “Project Runway” since it launched in 2004. She is the first Latina to lead a major American fashion title, and during her tenure at Elle oversaw a dynamic redesign that complements the magazine’s thought-provoking features and showcases fashion in the context of culture, winning Adweek’s Hottest Fashion Magazine in 2019.
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Garcia is a graduate of Boston University and FIT. She began her career at Mirabella and served as fashion director of Elle from 2000-08, after holding other roles since 1995. She’s appeared as a style expert on prominent TV shows, including “TODAY,” “Good Morning America,” “The View” and more, and has been a celebrity red carpet correspondent for ABC’s Oscar telecast. Garcia’s written four New York Times bestselling books on style and received numerous accolades, including the Fashion Group International’s prestigious Oracle Award, the Hispanic Federation’s Individual Achievement Award, the Oliver Scholars’ Program Champion of Educational Excellence Award, the CFDA’s Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard, and WomanKind’s Phoenix Woman of the Year in Media Award. In 2022, Garcia was named one of USA Today’s Women of the Year. She’s also a board member of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advocating for breast cancer awareness.