Chioma Nnandi is set to make history as the first Black woman to lead British Vogue, taking over from Edward Enninful, who previously held the title of Editor-in-Chief at British Vogue and Vogue in general as the first person of colour to do so.
Nnandi, of Nigerian and Swiss-German descent, was born and raised in London, where she began her journalism career at the British publication, the Evening Standard Magazine. Later, in 2010, she moved to New York and started working at American Vogue.
Currently, Nnandi serves as the star writer and editor for the American Vogue magazine website. She has earned acclaim for her cover stories featuring prominent figures like Rihanna and model Cara Delevingne. Anna Wintour, Chief Content Officer and Global Editorial Director of Vogue expressed her admiration for Nnandi, stating, “Chioma is beloved among her colleagues at Vogue and is an editor and writer with an impeccable reputation — both here and in the fashion industry at large. I can’t think of a worthier person to follow in his footsteps than Chioma.”
Edward Enninful, who served as Editor-in-Chief at British Vogue for six years, implemented groundbreaking changes at the publication, promoting diversity by featuring individuals of all skin tones, body types, and backgrounds.
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Enninful will now serve as an advisor at Conde Nast, the parent company of Vogue, allowing him more creative freedom. He praised Nnandi as a brilliant and unique talent with a clear vision, predicting that she will elevate the publication even further.
Expressing her excitement about the new role, Nnandi mentioned feeling honoured by the appointment and acknowledged that her upbringing in London had a profound influence on her creative perspective. She stated, “As someone who was born and raised in London, the energy of the city — its boundary-pushing style and creative scene — has shaped the way I look at the world. Now, more than ever, it feels like a moment to look beyond borders while also celebrating the broad scope of what it means to be British.”
Chioma Nnandi will assume her new position on October 9.
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