Adwoa Aboah Covers Edward Enninful’s First Issue Of British Vogue
BRITISH — Adwoa Aboah covers Edward Enninful‘s first issue of British Vogue.
The highly-anticipated first issue of Enninful‘s revamped British Vogue just dropped and it’s everything I expected it to be. I also know that the fashion realm is impressed.
British Ghanaian supermodel and activist Adwoa Aboah has been unveiled as the face of British Vogue‘s December 2017 issue. On the cover, Aboah styles in a Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2018 head wrap and dress. This issue was lensed by American photographer Steven Meisel with aquamarine glitter eyes and red gloss lip by Pat McGrath.
Last spring, DM Fashion Book reported that editor, stylist and creative director Edward Enninful has been appointed the new editor-in-chief of British Vogue (see it here), after Alexandra Shulman stepped down after 25 years at the publication (see it here). Enninful is the first male to edit the publication in its 100-year history.
This issue means a lot because it is indicative of Enninful‘s strategy to diversify the British fashion bible. Since taking the reins at the publication, he has shaken up the editorial team to include a range of major industry players, including Naomi Campbell, Grace Coddington and Pat McGrath.
Ghanaian-born Enninful spent his childhood in London where, aged 16, he was model-scouted and his fashion career began. Not long afterwards, he made the acquaintance of i-D founders Trish and Terry Jones and started assisting the publication, becoming the youngest ever fashion director for an international publication when he was promoted not long after, aged 18. His career to date has seen him work for Italian Vogue, American Vogue and most recently W Magazine, as well as consult on countless high-fashion campaigns. He has also worked with top photographers including Steven Meisel, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, Craig McDean, Mario Sorrenti, and more.
In 2014, Enninful was awarded the Isabella Blow Award for fashion creator of the year by the British Fashion Council and just last year was granted an OBE(Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen.
DM Fashion Book‘s founder Donovan said, “As a little kid growing up in the projects in Camden, New Jersey, I didn’t have many options but fashion and basketball were the two things that kept me off the streets. I also used my education as a way out and knew one day I would work for a prominent magazine. Taiia Smart Young believed in me and saw my vision. She allowed me to be her intern at XXL magazine. Once I left XXL, I went on to work at Universal Music Group/Republic Records, then launched my own website, DM Fashion Book (formerly www.donbleek.com) because I felt like it was a lack of diversity in the fashion industry. I dreamt one day that a man who looks like me could take up the mantle of editor at a respectable, iconic and prominent fashion publication and that dream came true. Edward immigrated to England from Ghana with his family. It doesn’t matter where you come from, your dreams are still valid.”
Photos Credit: Steven Meisel