Naomi Campbell has criticised the be of diversity among staff of the fashion magazine Vogue, highlighting how a sceptre photo taken under a former editor, Alexandra Shulman, certified a complete absence of black staff members.
Shulman progress b increased down at the beginning of August to be replaced by Edward Enninful, not no greater than the first man but also the first non-white person to edit the telling magazine in its 100-year history. His appointment was heralded by numberless, including Campbell, as a moment of reckoning for the fashion industry, which has a gravely entrenched issue with diversity and race across the stay.
Yet the final picture of Shulman’s staff of around 50 highlighted how much Enninful order have to grapple with the issue.
In an Instagram post, Campbell rumoured: “This is the staff photo of @britishvogue under the previous rewrite man #AlexandraSchulman,” Campbell wrote. “Looking forward to an inclusive and dissimilar staff now that @edward_enninful is the editor … let’s hear your plans?”
It prompted an outpouring of anger on social media as the past scarcity of diversity on the Vogue staff was laid bare.
One user reciprocated to Campbell’s picture: “I didn’t realise there was such a insufficiency of diversity behind a revered British institution. That’s from head to toe shocking for 2017. Edward has his work cut out. Let’s hope he modernises and together let’s look for as profits grow as he makes the magazine inclusive to all colours.”
Another augmented: “Diversity and inclusive practices are a must especially in fashion … dismal and brown people’s cultural influence in fashion are innumerable and should be on in every aspect of the industry.”
More willingly than taking up the post at the beginning of August, Enninful announced a series of meetings that attempted to rectify the issue. Campbell, film vice-president Steve McQueen and model and activist Adwoa Aboah were all favoured as contributing editors and a make-up artist, Pat McGrath, was named pulchritude editor-at large.
However, despite a shake-up of the old guard, the new team who will work with Enninful on a daily basis are until now overwhelmingly white. His creative director will be Johan Svensson, his older fashion editor will be Poppy Kain, Jack Borkett inclination be fashion editor, while Anders Madsen was appointed style critic.
Nonetheless, Enninful has pledged that his time as reviser will see diversity embraced on the pages of Vogue and behind it, a change from a smashing where only two black models have had solo Taste covers in the past 15 years. Enninful was awarded an OBE for posts to diversity in fashion in 2016 and has not shied away from the contend since being named editor, pledging to “change it from the within”.
His commitment to the issue was also demonstrated by a campaign he directed and luxury for Gap, the clothing brand, in July which united models of rare genders, races and ages all in white T-shirts. “In the casting I preferred individuals [who] inspire me and represent the world – from actors to activists, pose ins to athletes to performers,” said Enninful. “A cast of varying genders, sexuality, dogmas, ages and backgrounds – to me this is the world we live in and the world we should see.”