After moving to London with his parents and six siblings, Edward Enninful was only 16 years old when he was scouted on a train and briefly modelled for Arena and i-D. He then assisted stylists Simon Foxton and Beth Summers, before being appointed fashion editor at i-D after being introduced to founders Trish and Terry Jones. At the age of 18, this made Enninful the youngest ever editor at a major international fashion title.
The Ghanian-born stylist defined the look of youth culture in the 90s when at i-D and later revived W Magazine during his six years there as creative and fashion director. His reputation as a champion for diversity transpires during his time as contributing editor of Vogue Italia, where he created the July 2008 “All Black” issue which featured only black models and became the magazine’s top-selling issue. In 2016 he was awarded an OBE for his contributions to the fashion industry.
Since August 2017 though, Enninful has taken charge of British Vogue, becoming the magazine’s first ever openly gay, male, and black editor. He has created some of the magazine’s most recent iconic covers, with model-activist Adwoa Aboah gracing his first issue and Rihanna and Oprah starring on covers since. While British publications have experienced an overall drop in circulation, British Vogue’s circulation figures have only risen since Enninful’s appointment. Edward Enninful has had a full career of firsts and showing that fashion should be accessible to all, no exceptions.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Edward Enninful – https://www.wmagazine.com/story/edward-enninful-industrie-magazine
Adwoa Aboah Covers December Vogue – https://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/adwoa-aboah-cover-december-vogue-2017
–Charlotte ‘Fozz’ Forrester