Edward Enninful addresses diversity debate with first cover for British Vogue

Politics and culture push fashion world aside, with mixed-race model and feminist activist Adwoa Aboah as cover star The first Vogue cover produced under Edward Enninful has been released, signalling the new editors mission to make political statements, not just fashion ones. The coverlines make no mention of trends, It bags or new mascaras. Instead there is a list of power players in politics and the arts, including Sadiq Khan, Skepta, Steve McQueen and Zadie Smith. These names diverse in age as well as ethnicity - outnumber the more familiar fashion names of Kate Moss, Christopher Bailey, Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne. The cover star is the mixed-race British model and feminist activist Adwoa Aboah, who helms the online platform Gurls Talk, sending a clear message that Enninful intends to engage in the conversation about diversity which has sprung up in the wake of his appointment. The choice of a […] Read more »

The fashion industry said my dreadlocks would stop me working. They were wrong

Theres a lot of politics tied up in black hair, says Miu Miu model Adesuwa Aighewi, but nothing should stop self-expression When I got my hair dreadlocked ahead of New York fashion week, I had some pushback from people in the industry worried that I wouldnt get jobs the suggestion was that I might look too black. But I enjoy being different and standing out so I decided to keep them and take my chances. Two days later, my agents in New York called to say Coach had cast me to open their spring/summer 2018 show at New York. I couldnt believe it Ive walked in other shows in the past, but this was a career-changer. I went on to walk for Miu Miu in Paris and Bottega Veneta in Milan, which is a classic Italian brand not known for using edgy models. I was thrilled a girl with dreads […] Read more »