Edward Enninful: Celebrating Black Excellence In Fashion

by Duke Magazine

Edward Enninful is a Ghanaian-born Editor-In-Chief of British Vogue. In his exalted position, he has been a force for change in including more diverse cover stars, featuring the likes of Beyoncé, Naomi Campbell, Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna, and Adwoa Aboah. 

Born in 1972, Enninful has always been a longtime advocate for more diversity and better representation in the fashion industry.

The formerly white bastion of British Vogue has been shaken up by Enninful, who took over the coveted editor’s chair in April 2017. A model at 16 and fashion director of the magazine i-D at 18, the Ghana-born influencer thrust diversity into the spotlight back in 2008 when he organized the “Black Issue” of Vogue Italia to combat the “white-out that dominates the catwalks and magazines” (the magazine sold out and had to print an extra 40,000 copies). He is pushing for much more empathy in an industry that is not well known for that skill. The Queen of England awarded him an OBE in 2016.

However, in sequel to his great poise in blazing the trail, the 48-year-old fashion influencer is a recipient of several award, some of which are; BOF Global Voices Award (2019); Named 5th on the 2021 15th edition of the Powerlist rankings; PPA Editor of the Year (2020); The Black Alumni of Pratt Celebration of the Creative Spirit Award (2012), amongst others.

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