Fashion magazine British Vogue announced on Monday that it has appointed Edward Enninful as its new editor-in-chief, making him the first male editor in the publication's 100-year history. Enninful succeeds Alexandra Shulman, who announced in January she would be stepping down from the magazine after 25 years in charge. He will begin his tenure on August 1.
Enninful, 45, joins from W magazine, where he has been fashion and creative director since 2011. Previously, he had also worked for the Italian and American versions of Vogue. Enninful, who had been the creative and fashion director at W magazine, has been an influential magazine fashion director for more than 20 years.
Born in Ghana and raised in London, Enninful started as fashion director of i-D magazine when he was just 19 and later worked at the Italian Vogue under its late editor, Franca Sozzani. He has since received an Order of the British Empire award for his work in fashion.
Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive at Condé Nast International, the magazine's publisher, said Enninful was "an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music" who was "supremely prepared" for the job.
UPDATE (August 1, 2017): Since beginning his tenure, Enninful told Vogue, his appointment is "truly a dream come true. I look forward to continuing to produce an exciting beautiful magazine for its readers." Enninful, who departed his position as fashion and style director of W Magazine to take up his new position, revealed that he was "most excited to tell my father about my appointment. He immigrated to England from Ghana with my mother and six children."