Ghana-born Edward Enninful has been announced as named as the first male editor of British Vogue, an iconic fashion magazine which celebrated its centenary last year, on Monday. Born in Ghana, and raised in London as a child, he was scouted as a male model aged 16 before becoming the youngest editor in the industry when he was named fashion director of i-D magazine in 1991 at just 18.
His list of accomplishments till date includes working for Italian Vogue, American Vogue, W Magazine, as well as countless high-fashion campaigns.
Enninful will replace Alexandra Shulman, who is stepping down on August 1 after more than 25 years. Speaking to vogue on her successor, Shulman said:
“Edward is an exceptionally talented stylist who will no doubt bring an exciting new creative aesthetic to the magazine,” said Shulman today. “Every Vogue editor arrives with their own range of talents and experience and Edward is very known, respected and liked within the fashion industry. I look forward to finding out his plans as soon as possible and working with him over the next few months of transition so that British Vogue continues to be the leading magazine in this market.”
Enningway was awarded the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at the 2014 British Fashion Awards, the British monarchy lso acknowledged his contribution to fashion, making him OBE – Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – last October.