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British Vogue Names Black-Male Editor

Edward Enninful, the new editor of British Vogue
Edward Enninful, the new editor of British Vogue

By Frederick H. Lowe

LONDON–Edward Kobina Enninful, fashion and style director for W Magazine, has been named editor–in-chief of British Vogue, making him the publication’s first black-male editor.

Jonathan Newhouse, Conde Nast International Chairman and CEO,  announced on Monday that the 45 year-old Enninful, a native of Ghana, would succeed Alexandra Shulman.

In a statement posted on Vogue Daily, Enninful said the job is a dream come true.

“I grew up reading British Vogue. I am so honored and humbled to be taking the mantle of the editor. I realize I am stepping into the shoes of a hugely respected editor in the shape of Alexandra Schulman, someone who has chosen to leave at the top of their game with a legacy of 25 years of success.” Schulman will remain with the magazine until this summer.

Enninful will assume his new position August 1.

He emigrated from Ghana to London with his mother and five siblings. Enninful began working as a model before being named fashion director at i-D magazine. He also worked at American and Italian Vogue before joining W.  While working as a stylist for Italian Vogue, he steered the magazine’s all-black issue in 2008, an issue so successful that the magazine published an additional 40,000 copies. Everywhere he’s worked Enninful has advocated for greater diversity in the publication’s staff and print images.

In 2016, he was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for helping to diversify the fashion industry.

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