British Vogue has announced the appointment of its new editor Edward Enninful, its first male editor and notably the first black editor of a mainstream UK fashion magazine. Ghana-born Edward worked as a stylist and model in London during his teens before becoming the youngest ever fashion director of i-D at 19, a role he held for 20 years.
He has been creative and style director for W since 2011 and contributing editor for US and Italian Vogue. He was awarded an OBE in 2016 for services to the fashion industry and is a vocal advocate for diversity in fashion.
Edward replaces former editor Alexandra Shulman, who stepped down in January 2017 after 25 years in the position. Alexandra told Vogue: “Every Vogue editor arrives with their own range of talents and experience and Edward is very known, respected and liked within the fashion industry.”
Condé Nast International’s chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse announced the appointment, saying Edward was “supremely prepared to assume the responsibility” and "an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist”.
Following the announcement, Edward told Vogue that he grew up reading the magazine, which he says has “a legacy of creativity and innovation” and was “honoured and humbled to be taking up the mantle” of editor”.
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