Let’s be honest; there’s been a true lack of diversity in the fashion industry, so when talented African stars get their due, it’s important to recognize the milestones and see who’s making headlines. Congratulations are going out to Ghana’s Edward Enninful, a creative genius who developed his fashion brilliance at the young age of 18. That’s when he was tapped to head the popular British magazine i-D, making the stylist the youngest ever to have been named an editor at a major international fashion title.
His star has sky-rocketed to fashion’s super elite as he gets ready to navigate the famous publication of British Vogue as the new editor-in-chief. Enninful most recently held the position of style director of W Magazine. He is also a former model and pals around with some of the industry’s finest, including supermodel Naomi Campbell and professional makeup artist Pat McGrath. His influence can only broaden the fashion scope, and people are excited he’s coming on board. His most recent campaign involves GAP. Enninful has directed a new television ad that “Bridges the Gap,” featuring the retailer’s famous jeans and basic white tees paired with famous faces like Wiz Khalifa, Christie Brinkley, Jasmine Sanders, Priyanka Chopra, Alek Wek and others. The ad was designed to embrace our differences and deliver on the diversity front.
To learn more about Enninful, check out his Instagram page. Other African-Americans who have held high positions at major fashion magazines include Elaine Welteroth and Andre Leon Talley. Ms. Welteroth has achieved double recognition, according to Observer.com. She is distinguished as “the first African-American editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue as well as the second African-American editor-in-chief of Condé Nast at large.” As for Mr. Talley, his impressive baritone voice and statuesque physique need little introduction. He has been considered one of the most influential African-Americans in the fashion industry. He worked his way up the ladder at American Vogue, eventually becoming the magazine’s Editor-At-Large and only one of the few Black editors behind the iconic publication.
Mr. Talley left Vogue in 2013 to assume the new role of editor-at-large at Numéro Russia.