Riz Ahmed is contributing editor of new British Vogue issue

Riz Ahmed helped edit the September 2020 issue of British Vogue.The Venom actor was unveiled as a contributing editor on editor-in-chief Edward Enninful’s Instagram page, alongside a black and white photo shot by Misan Harriman, which marks the first t…

Riz Ahmed helped edit the September 2020 issue of British Vogue.

The Venom actor was unveiled as a contributing editor on editor-in-chief Edward Enninful’s Instagram page, alongside a black and white photo shot by Misan Harriman, which marks the first time in the magazine’s history the cover was lensed by a Black male photographer.

“In conjunction with the September 2020 issue, I’m so delighted to welcome to the @BritishVogue family the fiercely talented actor, musician, director, writer and activist @RizAhmed, who joins us as a contributing editor,” an excited Edward posted. “In the new issue you will find his poignant essay about what he lost and learned in lockdown. Read it in full and see the portfolio of global voices for change, on newsstands and available for digital download Friday 7 August. #VogueHope.”

And a post on British Vogue’s official page goes into further detail about Riz’s wide-ranging interview.

“Drawing on his recent experiences playing a workaholic drummer who becomes deaf in Sound Of Metal and a rapper whose inherent trauma paralyses him in Mogul Mowgli, a film he wrote and stars in, in the new issue Ahmed writes candidly about losing two family members during the coronavirus pandemic and what he’s learned from lockdown, as well as remembering the lives of George Floyd, Belly Mujinga and Shukri Abdi. Read the poignant essay in the new issue, on newsstands and available for digital download Friday 7 August,” the post reads.

Models Adwoa Aboah and Joan Smalls and soccer star Marcus Rashford also feature in the pages of the September issue, which is dedicated to activism.

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Edward Enninful ‘racially profiled’ at British Vogue offices

Edward Enninful was racially profiled by a security guard at the British Vogue offices in London.The editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine took to Instagram on Wednesday to share details of the incident, and said he was told to use another entrance w…

Edward Enninful was racially profiled by a security guard at the British Vogue offices in London.

The editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine took to Instagram on Wednesday to share details of the incident, and said he was told to use another entrance when arriving at Vogue House in Mayfair after the guard failed to recognise him.

“Today, I was racially profiled by a security guard whilst entering my work place,” Enninful wrote. “I was instructed to use the loading bay. Just because our timelines and weekends are returning to normal, we cannot let the world return to how it was.

“Change needs to happen now.”

The 48-year-old, who became the first Black editor-in-chief of the iconic magazine back in 2017, told his one million Instagram followers that Conde Nast had since fired the security guard.

“Condé Nast moved quickly to dismiss the security guard, but it just goes to show that sometimes it doesn’t matter what you’ve achieved in the course of your life: the first thing that some people will judge you on is the colour of your skin,” Enninful explained.

According to the BBC, the guard worked for a third party contractor and was dismissed from the site immediately after the incident, and placed under investigation.

Naomi Campbell was one of many to share her outrage at the racial profiling, and commented: “When will this change? Been happening in UK for so long… so sorry you had to go through that !! Don’t let it deter you. Stay STRONG.”

“Normal wasn’t working,” supermodel Iman added, while actress Gemma Chan wrote: “There’s so much more to do. Sorry this happened to you.”

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Edward Enninful wins top prize at Professional Publishers Awards

Edward Enninful has been honoured with the Consumer Editor prize at the Professional Publishers Awards.The British Vogue editor, who has made it his mission to make fashion more diverse since taking over at the world famous magazine in late 2017, was a…

Edward Enninful has been honoured with the Consumer Editor prize at the Professional Publishers Awards.

The British Vogue editor, who has made it his mission to make fashion more diverse since taking over at the world famous magazine in late 2017, was also lauded for Vogue’s September 2019 #ForcesForChange issue.

Sharing his joy on his social media channels, the Ghana-born British editor was quick to thank his team.

“I’m truly humbled to have been awarded Consumer Editor of the Year at the @PPA_Live awards,” he began. “I’m also thrilled to say that #BritishVogue’s September 2019 #ForcesForChange issue – guest-edited by the inimitable Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal – has won Diversity Initiative of the Year. Many thanks to my amazing team, the best an editor could ask for. Here’s to more successes! #PPAAwards

“Photographed by the late, great @TheRealPeterLindbergh, with fashion editors @Edward_Enninful and @TheRealGraceCoddington.”

He also name-checked hairstylists Didier Malige and Serge Normant, make-up artists Val Garland and Diane Kendal, and manicurists Lorraine Griffin and Yuko Tsuchihashi, as well as all the cover stars of the issue.

In other news, Vogue International editor Suzy Menkes is departing the role after six years.

“I have enjoyed every moment of my time as Editor, Vogue International, and I am proud of everything I have achieved at the company,” Menkes told Business of Fashion in an email. “The current global situation has given me – and all of us – pause for reflection. And so it is time for a new adventure, which I look forward to with excitement.”

She officially leaves in October.

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Adwoa Aboah questioned identity after reading ex-British Vogue editor’s comments

Adwoa Aboah wondered if she was “black enough” after seeing former British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman describe her as “mixed race” and “posh”. The 28-year-old, who has a Ghanaian father and a white mother whose family are members of British nobili…

Adwoa Aboah wondered if she was “black enough” after seeing former British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman describe her as “mixed race” and “posh”.

The 28-year-old, who has a Ghanaian father and a white mother whose family are members of British nobility, featured on the December 2017 issue of British Vogue – current editor-in-chief Edward Enninful’s first-ever cover.

In an interview with The Guardian days after the cover was released, Enninful’s predecessor Shulman insisted she had offered Aboah the cover before but the model turned it down, and described her as “the perfect mixture of mixed race, sort of posh Notting Hill royalty”.

In a candid post on Instagram over the weekend, the Gurls Talk founder reflected on the lack of diversity and inclusion on British Vogue covers over the years and admitted that Shulman’s comment made her question her identity.

“Before my @britishvogue cover, black faces had only been featured on the cover 12 times in 25 years. I remember thinking ‘am I even black enough?’ after reading that I was the perfect combination of mixed race, posh, and from Nottinghill (sic),” she wrote. “This felt like a complete disregard for who I was, how hard I’d worked, and my family / heritage, whilst at the same time dismissing anyone who hadn’t grown up the way I had. It seemed for some that I was JUST enough black to be on the cover of a high fashion magazine. It still rests heavy on me, this clarification that there are some out there that don’t see me as a black at all; in the way they talk around me, the language they use.”

Aboah also shared a series of her favourite entries in the Vogue Challenge, in which aspiring photographers and models create their own DIY Vogue covers in response to the conversation about diversity in the fashion industry amid the Black Lives Matter movement.

“All a testament to the sheer brillance of black and brown people, a reminder to be seen, a celebration of inclusivity, and ever-inspiring talent. A manifestation of the want for change and a need for an inclusive approach to fashion. I want to see these faces, I need to see these faces!!!!” she concluded, before making it clear she was “proud” of her 2017 cover.

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Joan Smalls ‘overwhelmed’ by support for fashion industry critique

Joan Smalls has been left “overwhelmed” by the support she has received for calling out the fashion industry for not doing enough to support the Black Lives Matter movement.On Thursday, the Puerto Rico-born model posted a lengthy video on Instagram in …

Joan Smalls has been left “overwhelmed” by the support she has received for calling out the fashion industry for not doing enough to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

On Thursday, the Puerto Rico-born model posted a lengthy video on Instagram in which she criticised the fashion industry for simply “jumping on the bandwagon” by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and urged industry leaders to take action to address the racism and inequality that she has experienced during her modelling career. Smalls said it feeds “the beast of racism and inequality” and called on leaders to give people of colour “a real seat at the table”.

Her fellow models heaped praise on her in the comments, with Kendall Jenner, Imaan Hammam, Lily Aldridge, Duckie Thot, Karen Elson, and Ashley Graham all writing supportive messages. They also spread the word by sharing the video on their Instagram Stories, with Cara Delevingne and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful also posting it on their timelines with gushing captions.

Uploading the video on their respective Instagram Stories, Amber Valletta wrote, “Listen up fashion family (praying hands emoji) Take Action,” Alton Mason posted, “I love you Joan! We in this together (sic). Thank you Queen @joansmalls,” while Victoria’s Secret star Jasmine Tookes stated, “Our stories will be heard… Very well said @joansmalls… Couldn’t agree more & have had all of the same experiences.”

Hours later, the 31-year-old, who also pledged to donate half her income for the rest of 2020 towards organisations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, wrote a message on her own Stories timeline to explain how much the positive reaction has meant to her.

“I’m truly overwhelmed by the support and the love shown. To my friends, to my family and my Gaaaang! I love you more then (sic) you’ll ever know. I was nervous about this and had a lot of sleepless nights, so my heart is def touched,” she commented.

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Edward Enninful featuring ‘everyday heroes’ on latest British Vogue cover

Edward Enninful has thanked frontline workers in the U.K. amid the coronavirus crisis by featuring “everyday heroes” on the cover of British Vogue.London Overground train driver Narguis Horsford, community midwife Rachel Millar, and supermarket worker …

Edward Enninful has thanked frontline workers in the U.K. amid the coronavirus crisis by featuring “everyday heroes” on the cover of British Vogue.

London Overground train driver Narguis Horsford, community midwife Rachel Millar, and supermarket worker Anisa Omar are the stars of the July 2020 issue of the fashion bible, and in a statement, the editor-in-chief explained how he was inspired to celebrate those “putting their lives on the line” during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Though our pages are always filled with lived experience – joy, sadness and drama – first and foremost, Vogue proudly waves the flag for fashion, in all its empowering, escapist, lavish and identity-affording capabilities,” Enninful said. “We will always do that – this issue included.

“But this moment required something extra special, too: a moment of thanks.”

The 48-year-old wanted to shine a light on the valiant efforts of the doctors, nurses and hospital workers in the National Health Service (NHS), as well as bus and Tube drivers, postmen and women, and supermarket workers, who are making “huge sacrifices” amid the virus outbreak.

The issue also features a 20-page portfolio of frontline workers, with pictures taken by photographer Jamie Hawkesworth, who cycled around London to capture the images while social distancing.

“If you had told me at the beginning of the year that @BritishVogue’s July cover stars would feature a community midwife, a train driver, and supermarket worker, I might not have believed you. But, as our nation perseveres against Covid-19, we find ourselves leaning not on the powers that be, but on ordinary people and their extraordinary strength and kindness,” Enninful added on Instagram, alongside images of the three covers.

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Judi Dench makes history with British Vogue cover

Judi Dench has made history by becoming the oldest person to grace the cover of British Vogue.The 85-year-old British actress graces the front of the fashion bible’s June 2020 issue wearing a floral Dolce & Gabbana coat, and in a post on Instagram, edi…

Judi Dench has made history by becoming the oldest person to grace the cover of British Vogue.

The 85-year-old British actress graces the front of the fashion bible’s June 2020 issue wearing a floral Dolce & Gabbana coat, and in a post on Instagram, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful told followers he was overjoyed to land the Oscar winner on the cover.

“I can’t tell you how pleased I am to see Dame Judi Dench, the unassailable queen of stage and screen, starring on her first Vogue cover at the age of 85,” he wrote, confirming that Dench is the oldest cover star in Vogue history.

“In uncertain times, Dame Judi Dench is comfort personified. Now in her ninth decade, and one of the most celebrated actors of a generation, as well as a national treasure, she is still a firm fixture on Hollywood’s A-list.”

In the accompanying interview, Dench opened up about ageing in Hollywood and also showed off her very first tattoo, which she got at the age of 81.

When asked what she enjoys about being in her 80s, the Shakespeare in Love star firmly replied: “Nothing. I don’t like it at all. I don’t think about it. I don’t want to think about it. They say age is an attitude… it’s horrible.”

Dench shared details about her life in lockdown and said while she’s not with her family, she’s coping well by keeping in touch with them daily.

“I haven’t got my family with me, but we are keeping in touch lots by phone calls and FaceTime,” she explained. “I am disciplining myself to learn all the sonnets (written by William Shakespeare). I try to learn something new every day, anything.”

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Marc Jacobs won’t be designing spring 2021 collection

Marc Jacobs won’t be designing a collection for the spring/summer 2021 season.During an appearance on Global Conversations, a new online discussion series produced by Vogue, the American designer announced that he would not be working on a new line for…

Marc Jacobs won’t be designing a collection for the spring/summer 2021 season.

During an appearance on Global Conversations, a new online discussion series produced by Vogue, the American designer announced that he would not be working on a new line for the foreseeable future due to the limitations imposed on himself and his team during the coronavirus pandemic.

“To be honest, I don’t know what we’ll be doing or when we’ll be starting, but to design a collection I need my team. And my team needs to look at fabrics. And those fabrics come from Italy. And we travel, and there’s a lot of things that go on,” he told British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful. “Until we discover a new way to work – until we create a new way to work – or a new end goal to work towards, we really have nothing to do.”

Additionally, Jacobs was frank about his lack of inspiration during the lockdown.

“It’s life that stimulates and provides a catalyst for what me and my team create each season, so I wouldn’t say (self-isolation is) the most creative place to be,” the 57-year-old commented.

As well as hitting pause on his spring 2021 collection, Jacobs also revealed that he has cancelled production on his fall/winter 2020 line, unveiled as part of New York Fashion Week in February, as he is too dependent on fabric imported from Italy.

“Until we discover a new way to work – until we create a new way to work – or a new end goal to work towards, we really have nothing to do,” he insisted, before noting that he was struggling to see a way forward. “We’ve got to let go of old ideas. I don’t know if I can get far enough in this process without grieving the process I knew and let go of that to see a new tomorrow.”

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Rihanna becomes first person to wear durag on cover of British Vogue

Rihanna has made British Vogue history by becoming the first person to wear a durag on the cover of the magazine.Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful took to social media to unveil the May 2020 issue on Monday, with the main image depicting the Barbadian su…

Rihanna has made British Vogue history by becoming the first person to wear a durag on the cover of the magazine.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful took to social media to unveil the May 2020 issue on Monday, with the main image depicting the Barbadian superstar wearing a white Burberry suit designed by Riccardo Tisci and a custom-made durag from famed milliner Stephen Jones.

Rihanna was photographed by Steven Klein and styled by Enninful, with the editor explaining in an accompanying article that it was the 32-year-old’s idea to sport the head scarf.

“For this month’s shoot, she wanted Rihanna for a new decade. We worked through a substantial archive of visual references (her fashion and cultural knowledge is encyclopaedic) to find a new proposition,” he explained. “Then suddenly, at 2am, my phone pinged with the latest WhatsApp: ‘How about we go with a durag?'”

Enninful went on to describe the durag as “a potent symbol of black life – of self-preservation, resistance, and authenticity,” and admitted Rihanna was the perfect person to pull it off through the “prism of high fashion”.

“It takes a person of extraordinary charisma to pull off such a moment, a woman I am lucky enough to count among my closest creative collaborators,” Enninful added. “What I love about Rih is that it’s always new territory, which is thrilling – not to mention a huge task.”

And in a message posted on his Instagram page, Jones shared just how thrilled he was to work with the British Vogue team and Diamonds hitmaker on the look.

“Thrilled to have created this durag for @badgalriri, one of my most loyal clients, friend and inspiration and the amazing @edward_enninful who I have known since he was 17(?)!!! Thank you soooo much (sic),” he praised.

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Jodie Comer celebrates landing British Vogue cover

Jodie Comer has praised the team at British Vogue for giving her the opportunity to grace its cover for the first time.The Killing Eve actress is the magazine’s April cover star, and the 26-year-old took to Instagram to share her delight at being on th…

Jodie Comer has praised the team at British Vogue for giving her the opportunity to grace its cover for the first time.

The Killing Eve actress is the magazine’s April cover star, and the 26-year-old took to Instagram to share her delight at being on the front of the prestigious fashion bible for the first time.

“Here is my @britishvogue cover for April 2020 (Aghhhhhhh). Thank you to @Edward_Enninful and the wonderful team at vogue for championing me and blessing me with this ridiculous opportunity,” Jodie wrote, before thanking famed photographer Steven Meisel for making her feel comfortable during the shoot.

“To #StevenMeisel whose grace and warmth, from the moment I met him has continued to inspire me and build my self confidence more than I think he’ll ever know,” she gushed.

The Emmy winner went on to credit hairstylist Guido Palau and legendary make-up artist Pat McGrath for helping her to “look fabulous” for the stunning cover and accompanying shoot.

Jodie then touchingly thanked her publicist Victoria Raeburn-Wales for her unwavering support, before sweetly concluding her post: “One to show the grandkids.”

The actress was inundated with comments from her famous friends, including Sophie Turner, Poppy Delevingne, Michelle Monaghan, and British Vogue editor-in-chief Enninful, who simply wrote: “KILLED IT. Thank you @jodiemcomer x.”

In the cover interview, Jodie touched on the upcoming third season of Killing Eve and teased the possibility of delving into her character Villanelle’s softer side.

“The audience love what they love about her, but it’s been nice to show a different side to that. Maybe a little bit of vulnerability,” she shared.

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