When Ghanian born Edward Enninful was named the new Editor-in-chief of British Vogue, everyone knew things were about to change. He was not only the first man to get the position but the first black man, so you could see why it was pretty monumental. The thing about monumental moments like this is it breeds pressure and raises expectations to sometimes unrealistic bars.
Although the first step to addressing diversity has clearly been made by Edward’s new position; the next step is wondering what he would do with all the power. *cue Kanye West’s power* And then the cover is released and it is not what we expected. It is better. It doesn’t scream at you, like hey, look at me, I’m making a huge political or social statement. It is subtle and you will find yourself staring at – first the breathtaking mixed race model, Adwoa Aboa, who graces the cover, effortlessly embodying the timeless beauties of the eras before us. And after you take in all the gorgeousness, you will notice that something is different.
The cover lines mention no trends, ‘must haves’ or ‘winter essentials’. There is simply a list of power players in politics and the arts. In these names, you will find diversity in every aspect of the word. Names like Zadie Smith, Zayn Malik, Sadiq Khan, Victoria Beckam. Skepta, Cara Delevinge – all from different backgrounds, but share one thing in common – being from Great Britain.
Welcome to the #newera We’re here for it.