Black British supermodel Naomi Campbell has landed countless cover spots on the world’s biggest glossies throughout her decade-spanning career, but that hasn’t stopped her calling out one in particular for its inherent whiteness, namely British Vogue.
Taking to Instagram with a snap of the Vogue 2017 editorial team, Campbell wrote: “This is the staff photo of @britishvogue under the previous editor #AlexandraSchulman. Looking forward to an inclusive and diverse staff now that @edward_enninful is the editor.”
Ouch indeed. The staff picture perfectly represents the shocking lack of diversity in the fashion world – even in 2017 – with the London-born model even naming and shaming recently departed editor Alexandra Schulman directly (who she actually follows on Insta, but didn’t @ mention… shady, much?).
Also tagged was Edward Enninful, who famously became Vogue’s first male and first ever black editor-in-chief in the magazine’s 100 year history back in April, and he’s wasted no time in making big changes at the publication to rectify this deeply entrenched issue.
Campbell, along with film director Steve McQueen and model Adwoa Aboah, have all been been appointed contributing editors, while make-up artist Pat McGrath has landed the gig of beauty-editor-at-large.
With Enniful taking a step in the right direction for diversity and representation within Vogue’s inner workings, let’s hope we see this inclusivity shine throughout its pages too.