One of the most important editor positions in the fashion world has now been filled by Chioma Nnadi.
After the news came that Edward Enninful would be leaving his role as editor of British Vogue, everyone wondered who would fill his shoes.
Although there was speculation that he and Anna Wintour had issues behind the scenes, Edward’s efforts to make Vogue more diverse and representative of a wider range of people has been praised throughout his time on the job.
Chioma, who is currently editor of the US Vogue website, will take over as head of the British edition of the magazine once Edward leaves – his final issue will be March 2024. This will make Chioma British Vogue’s first Black female head.
Chioma is Swiss-German and Nigerian, and she grew up in London, working on indie titles and then the Evening Standard. She later moved to New York to work for Vogue.
Speaking exclusively to The Guardian, she said: ‘It still means something to be in Vogue, it still has authority. [And there’s pressure] because of Edward. He broke new ground. It’s more than being part of a magazine – it’s part of the cultural conversation.’
The news comes as London Fashion Week winds down – stylish timing as ever.
Anna has called her a ‘beloved colleague’, and Chioma added: ‘As a Black woman, but also as a biracial woman, how I view the world is also how I see it – through a lens that is influenced by my background, by where I live, and by having parents from different cultures and having to move between these cultures.’
It’s said she will focus on music and culture, as well as fashion, once head of the glossy magazine.
Edward will still stay on at Conde Nast, the company that owns Vogue, in an advisory role.
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