And let us all rejoice! A healthy dose of fashion greatness was just added to British Vogue‘s masthead.
Edward Enninful, 45, is joining the esteemed publication as Editor-in-Chief as Alexandra Shulman exits.
As if this exciting news wasn’t enough, the beloved fashion director is making history as the first male and person of color to ever be named Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. If that isn’t Black excellence we don’t know what is.
The Ghanian-born fashion maven is pretty much a legend at this point, kicking off his career as the youngest ever fashion director at i-D when he was just 19. From there, he went on to hold prestigious positions at Italian Vogue and American Vogue with his most recent post was held as the fashion and style director at W magazine.
True to the impact he’s already brought to the fashion world just by being excellent, Enninful is set to take British Vogue to a level we’ve yet to see. In an industry that so often turns a blind eye to the importance of diversity, this is a huge step in the right direction.
Known for not only stunning but though-provoking work, Enniful is no stranger to representing all aspects of beauty.
During his time working with Italian Vogue, Enninful was apart of the much celebrated works such as The Black Issue and The Curvy Issue under the direction of the late editor Franca Sozzani.
Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and Chief Executive of Condé Nast International called Enninful “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist”, adding that “by virtue of his talent and experience, Edward is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue.”
Condé Nast seems to be winning when it comes to appointing forward-thinking people of color to the top of the food chain. It’s hard to miss the undeniable wokeness that we’ve come to know and love Teen Vogue for as Elaine Welteroth took over in 2016. Here’s to hoping that this is a trend that continues to gain steam in the future.
We’re so honored to congratulate Edward Enninful on this amazing accomplishment and we aren’t the only ones—fashion insiders took to Instagram to celebrate the amazing news.