LONDON – Fashion magazine British Vogue said on Monday it has appointed Edward Enninful as its new editor-in-chief, making him the first male editor in the publication’s 100-year history.
Ghanaian-born Enninful is the successor to Alexandra Shulman, who announced in January she would be stepping down from the magazine after 25 years in charge.
Edward Enninful, 45, joins from W Magazine, where he has been fashion and creative director since 2011. Previously, he had also worked for the Italian and American versions of Vogue.
Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive at Condé Nast International, the magazine’s publisher, said Enninful was “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music” who was “supremely prepared” for the job.
The former model has been a champion for diversification and change within a industry that has been at times hesitant to budge.
Shulman has nothing but praise for her successor.
“Edward is an exceptionally talented stylist who will no doubt bring an exciting new creative aesthetic to the magazine,” said Shulman today. “Every Vogue editor arrives with their own range of talents and experience and Edward is very known, respected and liked within the fashion industry. I look forward to finding out his plans as soon as possible and working with him over the next few months of transition so that British Vogue continues to be the leading magazine in this market.”
Enniful starts on August 1.
Meanwhile the fashion world gushes over this appointment.
— Balmain (@Balmain) April 10, 2017
Congrats @Edward_Enninful so happy for you 🔥❤
— Lais Ribeiro (@Lalaribeiro16) April 10, 2017
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