Edward Enninful is the First Black Male Editor in Chief of VOGUE
British Vogue isn’t the magazine of choice when one thinks of diversity. However, this is changing dramatically. Edward Enninful, a black Ghanian-born man is officially the new Editor in Chief of British Vogue. However, Edward Enninful isn’t just any man. Born in Ghana, Enninful grew up in Ladbroke Grove, London. At age 16, he’s scouted by Fashion stylist Simon Foxton. Weeks later, Edward is approached again, this time by a model scout. Soon after, the young black model finds himself shooting with now legendary photographer and founder of I-D magazine, Nick Knight. By age 18, Edward Enninful is a fashion director at I-D magazine.
Until recently, Enninful declared his Fashion Director position at W Magazine as home. While he’ll be greatly missed within its pages, his new appointment is groundbreaking. Most fans are thrilled just to see longstanding Editor Alexandra Shulman exit. Beginning her reign in 1992, the British Vogue Editor often receives criticism for her lack of diversity. Sadly, the European title even appears on our list of least diverse fashion magazines for 2016. This is certainly not an award that any Vogue magazine edition is proud of. Even the high-priestess of fashion, herself, Anna Wintour is no fan of Shulman. Upon Enninful’s announcement, Wintour responds, ‘Edward will undoubtedly shake things up in a way that will be so exciting to watch’. The subtext: thank god Alexandra has buggered off. Edward now needs to get rid of the whole anaemic team – every last Sloaney sloth.
A similar sense of enthusiasm is echoing throughout the fashion industry. Close friend and supermodel Naomi Campbell shows her support in an instagram post. ‘God is the greatest!! I love you ❤❤😍😍❤❤😘😘🙏🏾… #TODAY HISTORY WAS MADE’. We have to agree. However, for Edward Enniful and British Vogue, history is just beginning.