Ghanaian-born Edward Enninful is making history as the first black and male editor of British Vogue. He currently serves as fashion and creative director at W Magazine and will assume his new title August 1. Condé Nast International chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse announced the promotion earlier this week, calling Edward “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist.”
Edward is known for creating striking, powerful imagery, giving us our lives with shoots featuring such faves as Rihanna, Taraji P. Henson and Naomi Campbell. The Business of Fashion called him “a bridge between the traditional fashion establishment and the next generation.”
The former model has been making beauty history since the start of his career. At 18, just two years after first entering the modeling world, he became the youngest ever fashion director for an international publication at i-D. This led him to work for Italian Vogue, American Vogue and most recently W Magazine.
Edward is also the recipient of the 2014 Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at the 2014 British Fashion Awards (where he walked the carpet with friend and fellow model Naomi Campbell) and has been recognized by the British monarchy for his contribution to fashion which named him an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in October 2016.