‘Influential figure’

British Vogue becomes 1st fashion magazine to appoint non-white, male editor-in-chief

Edward Enninful in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)

Forty-five-year-old, Ghanaian-born Edward Enninful will soon hold one of the most coveted positions in the hierarchy of the magazine world: editor-in-chief. In August 2017, the former model and stylist will assume the role at British Vogue from current editor Alexandra Shulman. Shulman, who took over the role of editor-of-chief at British Vogue in 1992, announced in January that she would be ending her more than 25-year tenure at the magazine’s helm. Enninful will be the first ever, non-white, male editor of a popular women’s fashion magazine.

Having begun his meteoric ascent in the fashion world at age 16 working as a model, Enninful was, just two years into his budding career, named the style director of i-D magazine. One of six children raised in London by his seamstress mother, Enninful credits his interest in and love of fashion to her early influence.

While he is currently the creative and fashion director of W magazine, a post he has held since 2011, Enninful previously served as a contributing editor for both Italian and American Vogue. Awarded an OBE in 2016 for his contribution to fashion, Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue magazine described Enninful as, “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist.”

While widely respected in the industry, many were surprised by Enninful’s appointment. Chairman of Condé Nast Jonathan Newhouse reaffirmed the decision stating, “By virtue of his talent and experience, Edward Enninful is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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