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28 Influential African Americans: Edward Enninful

February 7, 2019

Black History Month is finally here!!!! Each day this month we will be honoring African Americans who uplifts our culture and exemplifies BLACK EXCELLENCE.

 

Edward Kobina Enninful is a British fashion stylist, and editor-in-chief of British Vogue magazine. He was appointed fashion director of British fashion magazine i-D at the age of 18, a position he held for over two decades.

 

 

 

At 18 years old, Enninful's position as fashion director at i-D made him the youngest ever fashion director for an international publication. He became known for his edgy elegance, which quickly became his trademark. Much of his inspiration came from the streets. Enninful said in an 2009 interview with Telegraph Magazine "We British have to customize our clothes, we have to be more creative, informing who you are and I am still obsessed with the streets." The looks he featured in his stories helped fuel the grunge movement during the early 1990s. 

 

In 1998, Enninful became a contributing editor to Italian Vogue. According to him, working with Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and photographer Steven Meisel pushed him to mature as a stylist. At Italian Vogue, he was the driving force behind the production of its "Black Issue", which featured only black models, including Naomi Campbell, Jourdan Dunn and Alek Wek. He described his intention as ending the "white-out that dominates the catwalks and magazines". The issue was so successful that Condé Nast had to print an extra 40,000 copies. 

 

 

 

In April of 2011, Enninful took over W Magazine as the fashion and style director. He was the muse behind the iconic Kate Moss nun cover and Nicki Minaj’s 18th-century French courtesan cover. 

 

 

 

In April 2017, Enninful became the first ever black male to become the editor and chief of British Vogue. Many say that he will be the next Anna Wintour. Edward is all about diversity and inclusion. So far since he has been EIC we’ve so many beautiful people of color grace the cover of British Vogue.

 

 

 

Condé Nast International chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse announced him as the successor to Alexandra Shulman, calling Enninful "an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist", adding that "by virtue of his talent and experience, Edward is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue".  

 

 

Edward is a true inspiration . He is a reminder that people of color can make in the fashion industry . Thank you for all you do and congratulations on everything !! 

 

 

 

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