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Publisher fires staffer who ‘racially profiled’ British Vogue editor Edward Enninful

2020-07-19

British Vogue editor Edward Enninful took to social media to share the news that Condé Nast took swift action and fired the person who “racially profiled” him at the office.

“Today I was racially profiled by a security guard whilst entering my work place. As I entered, I was instructed to use the loading bay,” Enninful wrote on Instagram Wednesday.

Noting how the global magazine publisher moved quickly to dismiss the guard, Enniful – who made history with his 2017 appointment – added that “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 color of your skin.”

According to the Ghanaian, the guard, who was at the front desk, told him to “use the loading bay” which is located at the back of the building, a block away.

The guard reportedly worked for a third-party security firm contracted during lockdown.

A staunch advocate for diversity within the fashion industry, Enninful said that just because work schedules and weekends are returning to normal following the easing of lockdown, that should not be reason for the world to return to how it was: “Change needs to happen now.”

Enninful's longtime friend, supermodel Naomi Campbell 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."

The recipient of many industry honors, the 48-year-old fashion maverick received an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his services to diversify the fashion industry in 2016.

While working at i-D magazine at age 18, he made history as the youngest fashion director for an international publication. He also worked for Italian and American Vogue before becoming creative and fashion director of W Magazine.

In 2017, Enninful became the first male, and first Black, editor of Vogue.

Since then, he championed diversity at the 104-year-old magazine.

His notable covers for British Vogue have featured the model and activist Adwoa Aboah, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, actress Zoe Kravitz, comedian Jameela Jamil, singer Lizzo and Idris Elba and his bodacious wife Sabrina Dhowre.

Last summer, Ennifnul invited Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, to guest-edit the magazine’s September issue last year, which focused on women change-makers, including Laverne Cox, Yara Shahidi and Salma Hayek.

Most recently, he spotlighted Britain’s National Health Service workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis, shooting them in their uniforms.