Supermodel Naomi Campbell went in on British Vogue on Instagram and we’re here for it. In the post (which happens to be a photo of Vogue‘s editorial staff) Campbell writes, “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.”
Let’s look at the photo in question.
It’s 2017. This isn’t what the staff of a major publication based in a cosmopolitan city should look like. Non-diversity in the workplace is what causes respected publications like The New York Times to be ridiculed for their lack of cultural awareness. Though some may argue we’re in a “post-racial” society, events like the terrorism in Charlottesville, a look at fashion magazine stands across the country and alt-right radical groups born and bred right home in Canada might tell you otherwise.
“For me, it never stops. It’s not a fight, it’s a conversation – constantly reminding people that diversity is beautiful and that there should be diversity and equal opportunity,” Campbell states in an interview with Time last year.
Newly appointed editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, born in Ghana, is a step in the right direction for the British magazine. With editorial and director positions at both American and Italian Vogue, i-D and W under his belt (not to mention an OBE for services to diversity in the fashion industry), he’s the perfect candidate to take the reins.
Naomi thinks so and we couldn’t agree more.