British Vogue editor-in-chief calls for more education after racial profiling incident

CNN’s chief international anchor Christian Amanpour interviewed Edward Eninful in London on Monday 3 August.
Edward Eninful made headlines when he became editor-in-chief of British Vogue more than two years ago, making him the first black man to head the magazine. Since then he has become a recognizable face in fashion and beyond, leading to a more diverse magazine and the team of people behind it. But his fame did not help him avoid being racially influenced in the London offices of Condé Nast in early July.

Footballer Marcus Rashford and model and activist Adoa Aboha on the cover of British Vogue in the September issue of this year Credit: Misson harriman

Christian Amanpour of CNN told of the incident in which a security guard told him that he had to reach the building. This is not the first time as a black person, and it certainly will not be the last. Through the loading bay. “It was not an isolated incident,” he said, adding that I was younger. I was very upset. I was not able to say anything, but now I can talk about it. I’ve found. Forum to speak about it and I do not want it to be for the next generation. ”

Ghana-born and multicultural West London-born 48-year-old Annful is one of the few in the fashion press to play the role of editor-in-chief (Lindsay Peoples Wagner Heels Teen Age). And while there has been no shortage of criticisms directed at magazines and fashion brands in favor of depictions of white beauty, Enninful himself oversees the magazine at a time of unprecedented demands for change – not to mention some industry firsts, including The appointment also includes Sameera Nasr Harper being the first woman of color to head the market.
Christian Amanpour in conversation with Edward Eninful, editor-in-chief of British Vogue

Christian Amanpour in conversation with Edward Eninful, editor-in-chief of British Vogue Credit: Matt Brealey / CNN

But Eninful, who invited Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as guest editor of the September issue of last year, says diversity has been her focus from the beginning.

“I have always been about inclusiveness since the beginning of my career and am focused on people you can label as ‘others’, people who belong to other people,” he told Amanpour in a television interview Said to. According to Eninful, her ambition has been to make Vogue a welcoming place, and a place “for women of all shapes, sizes, ages, colors to reflect and see themselves.”

He also wants Vogue to act more commonly as a mirror for society. “I think what is happening now in the world is a very good thing because people are talking about topics they have never done before. Hard topics … racism, unemployment, climate change,” he said said. “Every month we try to show what we see in the world.”

For this September issue, the magazine’s topic is “Activism Now” and features cover star Marcus Rashford, a footballer and campaigner against child poverty; And Adwoa Aboah, a model and activist; Also advocates 40 other social causes. The cover was shot by Missa Harriman, the first black photographer to do so in the magazine’s 104-year history.

The September issue of British Vogue featured many of the 40, which is themed "Now activity"

The September issue of British Vogue featured many of the 40, which is “Activism Now”. Credit: Misson harriman

Enlightenment said that the real change away from systemic racism is not just about the face on the magazine cover. The current fluctuations in activity will require diversification across the board to maintain grip for a long time.

“We need education, we need people behind the scenes so that we can get a seat at the table.” “We need bursaries for people, we need to find different methods of recruitment. To finalize this, people need to be behind the scenes. It’s necessary.”

The editor-in-chief of British Vogue is Edward Eninful

The editor-in-chief of British Vogue is Edward Eninful Credit: Darren Bull / CNN

He said that not only should fashion face racism, but also to climate change as well as to acknowledge that the industry-wide recession caused by the coronovirus epidemic has “inspired all of us to think and take a deep breath.” ” He said that there are currently “too many seasons, too many shows” and “too much waste”, and it was time to reset “not only the environment, but our minds, our attitudes”.

Hotley took over for Anna Wintour as editor-in-chief at American Vogue if she were to step down, when Amanpour was asked if he would “answer the call,” said Eninful, “I mean that It would be rude not to answer it, but I am very happy where I am. ”

The September issue of Vogue will be available on August 7.