This week, British Vogue announced its successor to industry veteran Alexandra Shulman and the news is already being met with notable excitement by those within and outside the fashion community.
Edward Enninful – former editor of W Magazine – will take over the editor’s post in August, and promises to reshape the perspective of Vogue UK, thanks to his dedication to diverse representation.
Proving his talents early on, Edward was only 18 when he became fashion director for i-D magazine and he’s since been an advocate for diversity in a typically homogeneous industry. Edward’s reach is as varied as his message: he was instrumental to Italian Vogue’s 2008 edition that featured exclusively black models, and was also the creator of viral short film I Am An Immigrant (below), which featured 81 icons of the international fashion community defiantly declaring their immigrant backgrounds; a response to President Donald Trump’s attempt to ban Muslim immigration earlier this year.
Edward’s efforts have been so significant that in October last year, he was the recipient of an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to diversity in fashion. For Edward, the appointment is particularly poignant when it comes to his family history: the former model was “most excited to tell my father about my appointment. He immigrated to England from Ghana with my mother and six children.”
Edward will be the first black editor of a mainstream British magazine.