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Let`s talk about The British Vogue Magazine Cover by Edward Enninful

British Vogue’s Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful’s last act was a cover with some of the most amazing women in entertainment. And his message is so much deeper than a pretty picture. This cover is evident proof of the outstanding work Edward has done in his position as an Editor Chief for Vogue. Not only did he showcase the importance of all the beautiful models of color during his years in charge, but he also showcased the other major issue in the fashion industry— discrimination of Age.

The impact of Vogue

A Vogue cover has a much deeper impact than just showcasing the latest fashion trends. I don’t know why, but I have to think about the discussion between Miranda Priestly and Andy Sachs about the turquoise belt in the “Devil Wears Prada.” Miranda Priestly’s message is absolutely fabulous; not only do fashion magazines determine upcoming fashion trends, but they also dictate what is hot right now. (Siri, play “Hot Right Now” by Rita Ora). Fashion Magazines strongly influence what we deem beautiful, even when Influencers like Kim Kardashian or Kylie Jenner significantly impact beauty standards on Social Media. “Getting a Vogue cover is a significant achievement in one’s career, and this holds even for the Kardashians. Remember when Kim was picked over Kendall for American Vogue? On their show “The Kardashians” on Disney+, Kim stated that if she were in Kendall’s position, she would have killed to get the cover.

Despite the popularity of social media and individual content creation, Vogue remains the most highly regarded fashion influencer. For many Fashion Enthusiasts, Vogue is their Bible. Let’s not forget Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic line in Sex and the City, where she said, “When I first moved to New York, and I was totally broke, sometimes I would buy Vogue instead of dinner.” I think many fashion victims did it at least once (Be honest, Girls, haha). As young girls, we read Teen Vogue, which we recognized from the 2000s reality show “The Hills” featuring Lauren Conrad. (Damn, I’m so old!) Vogue has always been captivating but criticized for its lack of diversity beyond Naomi Campbell and a few other exceptions. This critique doesn’t just refer to the representation of race but also the representation of women with different body types and characteristics who are all equally beautiful. While Vogue strives to present a polished and glamorous world, it’s important to showcase women of all kinds in their most authentic form.

Vogue Magazine Cover

Edward Enninful impact on diversity

Edward became editor-in-chief for British Vogue in 2017. His mission was to be inclusive regarding the magazine covers and the team working at Vogue. This is an essential component for the success of every company, especially regarding product and campaign launches (not only in Fashion). His first cover was with the fabulous Adwoa Aboah, a British Model and Activist with roots in Ghana, shot by Steven Meisel. Edward fought for diversity in the industry and the magazine because sales were declining.

The rise of social media gave everyone a platform to showcase their fashion sense and connect with the audience who could finally relate to the content. This has posed a challenge for magazines, as they now need to present something unique and interesting to appeal to their readers. Edward Enniful, during his career at Vogue, understood this challenge and created some masterpieces. Let’s take a moment to remember some of his iconic covers, such as Rihanna’s cover for Vogue’s September issue. (the most important for any Fashion Magazine) The Essential Worker Cover during the pandemic or the amazing African Models Cover for February 2022 are just a few to name.

The end of an era for Vogue Magazine

After all the unique covers, Edward ends his time at Vogue with a Big Bang. One cover, 40 women. 40 of the most influential women in Fashion, Activism, Film & TV, and Music of any Age, Race, or Body Image. His last message is that there is space for everyone and that inclusiveness should not be a trend. Because every woman is beautiful, we all bring something unique to the table. The most important thing is that we all can learn from each other, thanks to our many different experiences! His work shows that today, more than ever, women need each other to overcome all the obstacles that we all face.