The latest Chief editor for Vogue is changing the perception of blacks and fashion all in one
The phenomenal Edward Enninful was recently named vogue’s newest chief editor for its 101th history. With his hard work and determination he’s managed to climb the ladder from being a style director to chief editor. Edwin has definitely made a name for himself being described as the ‘influential figure in the communist of fashion’ and with no doubt he’s worked hard to earn that title.
Being born and bred in Ghana and suddenly moving to a new country (England) was not only a change in culture but environment. Having absolutely no clue of the fashion industry or knowledge on some of London’s well known fashion icons didn’t discourage professionals such as Simon Fox from approaching him. Edwin was approached at the age of 16 by the man himself, Simon Fox and from there his journey began.
“He’s managed to carefully articulate and create styles that others may be afraid to try.”
From simply being a son, brother and a normal school boy to being a worldwide fashion icon. Three decades later Edwin, is known for his edgy elegance which, till this day is considered the ultimate definition of true fashion. Furthermore to this, people admire his ability to create something from nothing, with his artistic eye he’s managed to carefully articulate and create styles that others may be afraid to try.
After the news that VOGUES previous editor Shulman had stepped down from the ‘throne’ many had assumed that another female or former worker for vogue would take the role but, it was decided that vogue was going to have its very first male editor in it’s storied history.
A well deserved position, Edwin didn’t simply just become an editor, he went through copious amounts of creative paths from modelling to photography before this current role. Encouraging black creatives by pushing diversity throughout his career and being unapologetically carefree, he has definitely managed to inspire not only myself but many creatives. His experience in the creative sectors gives him an advantage to spot perfection and errors from a mile away and we have no doubt that vogue will continue creating and being one of the world’s leading and influential magazines.
It is said that in the beginning his parents were quite resistant to the modeling ‘idea’ which is not uncommon, as many parents are quite reluctant to allow their children into the media industry. None the less, he continued to thrive and stayed determined to make a difference in his life which he evidently did.
Edwin is a true example of black excellence. In a generation which doesn’t quite celebrate black people it’s amazing to see that big organziations like Vogue are able to recognize the hard work and dedication that Edwin has. Although this article isn’t one to shame or talk negatively on the fashion industry, I must focus on one of the key issues that we as black people face.
“He is more than just an ‘icon’ but he should be considered an inspiration to us all.”
Being a Londoner and one who is constantly surrounded by black creatives it has become evident to me that in this industry it’s no longer ‘do you have a talent’ ‘how hard are you willing to work’, it’s all about who you know and your connects. Knowing someone whose on a higher hierarchy than you can automatically lead you to success, leaving those with copious amounts of talent at the shallow end simply because they didn’t quite have the right contacts on their mobile.
“He was simply given a foundation and with it he decided to take it to higher levels.”
Perhaps you’re wondering what this has to do with Edwin, many of you may not realize but, he is more than just an ‘icon’ but he should be considered an inspiration to us all. The Ghanaian born has proved that you do not have to be born into a rich household or have the ‘perfect’ background to reach the top. Edwin started as a common Londoner like the rest of us the only difference is he created opportunities and grabbed them with both hands and that is what led him to this place of abundance. He was simply given a foundation and with it he decided to take it to higher levels. We mustn’t allow society to make us believe that we can amount to nothing, stereotypically, especially here in London.
Black people are constantly associated with gangs, crimes and violence. But, why not break out of this stereotype? Why not aspire to be great, we continuously feed the media and the public what they want to hear and see and become angry when labels are placed on our foreheads.
Its time to take a stand and make something of ourselves, we can not simply just praise black excellence we must become black excellence.