Naomi Campbell (R) poses for a photograph with fashion stylist Edward Enninful, after Enninful received his Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain October 27, 2016. British Vogue, an iconic fashion magazine which celebrated its centenary last year, named Ghana-born Edward Enninful as its first male editor on Monday. Reuters
This file photo taken on October 27, 2016 shows British fashion stylist, and current fashion and style director of W magazine Edward Enninful as he poses his insignia after being appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to diversity in the fashion industry, at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.British Vogue, an iconic fashion magazine which celebrated its centenary last year, named Ghana-born Edward Enninful as its first male editor on April 10, 2017. Enninful, a close friend of British supermodel Naomi Campbell, will replace Alexandra Shulman, who is stepping down on August 1 after more than 25 years. AFP PHOTO

LONDON: British Vogue, an iconic fashion magazine which celebrated its centenary last year, named Ghana-born Edward Enninful as its first male editor on Monday.

Enninful, a close friend of British supermodel Naomi Campbell, will replace Alexandra Shulman, who is stepping down on August 1 after more than 25 years.

He was born in Ghana, brought to London as a child and was scouted as a male model aged 16 before becoming the youngest editor in the industry when he was named fashion director of i-D magazine in 1991 aged just 18.

Enninful has already worked at Vogue’s Italian and US editions and has been the creative and fashion director of the US style magazine W since 2011.

Enninful is “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist,” said Jonathan Newhouse, head of publisher Conde Nast International.

Enninful was named fashion creator of the year by the British Fashion Council in 2014 and last year he received an honour from Queen Elizabeth II. --AFP

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