The cat is out of the bag! After months of speculation about who would take over from Alexandra Shulman at the helm of British Vogue, it has been revealed that Edward Enninful will become the new Editor-in-Chief. Having previously worked for Italian and American Vogue earlier in his career, Enninful will be leaving his current role as Creative and Fashion Director of W magazine, in order to take on the duties at the prestigious publication.
Though he was born in Ghana, Enninful spent most of his childhood in London, which provided him with a springboard into a career in fashion. He began his career in front of the cameras after being model-scouted at just 16, however, it wasn’t long before he showed his potential in other areas of the industry. Through his modelling work, Enninful made acquaintances with i-D founders Trish and Terry Jones, which led to him assisting the publication and in turn becoming the youngest ever fashion director of an international publication, when he was just 18.
In 2016, Enninful was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours for services to diversity in the fashion industry and appropriately, he will become the first male to edit British Vogue in its entire 100-year history.
Announcing the appointment, Condé Nast Chairman Jonathan Newhouse, called Enninful “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist”. He added “By virtue of his talent and experience, Edward Enninful is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue.”