In February, Condé Nast unveiled its 23rd global edition: Vogue Poland. The product of a licence agreement with Polish media venture Visteria, the new title – which boasted a debut cover starring Polish supermodels Anja Rubik and Malgosia Bela – marked the latest addition to the New York-based publishing giant's long list of country-specific Vogue publications. That same month, Condé Nast, which also owns W, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and GQ, among other titles, revealed that is has a Czech Republic and Slovakia edition in the works, as well.
With Conde Nast building out its international offerings, supermodel Naomi Campbell has a suggestion for one particularly untapped nation: Africa.
In an interview with Reuters on Sunday, Campbell, who is currently in Lagos, Nigeria for Arise Fashion Week, said that Vogue magazine should launch an African edition to recognize the continent’s contribution to the global fashion industry. “There should be a Vogue Africa,” she declared.
Campbell, who first appearing in Vogue in the late 1980's and currently holds a contributing editor title on Edward Enninful's British Vogue masthead, has long been a force for change in the industry. Just last year, she was vocal in her criticism of the lack of diversity among staff of the British arm of the world-famous fashion magazine, highlighting how a staff photo taken under a former editor, Alexandra Shulman, showed a complete absence of black staff members.
“We just had Vogue Arabia,” Campbell said, referring to the edition of the magazine aimed at a readership in the Middle East, which launched last year. An African title, she says, "is the next progression. It has to be."