With 40 Fashion Icons, Edward Enninful Concludes His Successful Tenure as the Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue

Last June, Edward Enninful announced that he would be stepping down as editor-in-chief of British VOGUE. Enninful’s final issue of Vogue, brought together 40 fashion icons for its latest cover.

The gorgeous lineup includes not only original supermodels such as Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Linda Evangelista, but also Oprah Winfrey, Victoria Beckham, Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus, and many others.

The 40 models on this cover are all women who have appeared on the cover of British Vogue during Enninful’s six-and-a-half-year tenure as editor-in-chief. The group photo, each in a formal black or white look, is a “graduation photo” to honor Enninful’s great accomplishments for British Vogue. A video was posted on the magazine’s Instagram page showing all 40 women gathered in a studio in New York City, where they were photographed simultaneously by American photographer Steven Meisel.

Enninful wanted this special issue to be entirely “dedicated to women.” With this in mind, the magazine selected and featured the women who “reached beyond fashion and culture to change the fabric of society in the 2020s, in ways small and large and always positive”

The diverse lineup of stars there includes Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Gemma Chan, Jodie Comer, Maya Jama, and Rina Sawayama, and superstars such as Serena Williams, Iman, Selma Blair and Anya Taylor-Joy.

Enninful, born in Ghana in 1972, embarked on his journey in the realm of fashion magazines in 1991 when he joined the esteemed British publication “i-D.” Remarkably, at the tender age of 18, he assumed the role of fashion director, becoming the youngest individual to hold such a position in the industry. Subsequently, he was appointed as the style director of “W Magazine” and received the prestigious title of “Fashion Creator of the Year” by the British Fashion Council (BFC) in 2014. This accolade was a testament to Enninful’s unwavering dedication to elevating the prominence of black female models. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, he was bestowed with the Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016.

Later, in August 2017, Enninful was named editor-in-chief of British Vogue, making his mark on fashion history as the first black editor-in-chief in Vogue’s history.

Edward Enninful

Enninful will become Vogue’s Global Creative and Cultural Advisor at Condé Nast. The title of “Editor-in-Chief” will be replaced by the new position of “Head of Editorial Content” for British Vogue. This new position will be filled by British journalist Chioma Nnadi, who will be the first black woman to lead the magazine.

The March issue of British Vogue will be available in digital and magazine editions from February 13 (Tuesday).

Steven Meisel/Vogue
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