The editor of British Vogue, Edward Enninfulsaid he was racially profiled after being instructed by a security guard to “use the loading bay” when he entered the magazine’s offices in London this week.
Mr. Enninful, who became the first man and first black editor to take over from Britain’s most powerful fashion publication in 2017, continued to describe the incident to his one million followers Instagram in a post On Wednesday.
“Today, when I entered my workplace, I was racially profiled by a security guard. I was instructed to use the loading ramp, ”he wrote. “Just because our schedules and weekends normalize again, we can’t make the world go the way it was. Change has to happen now. “
Mr Enninful said that Condé Nast, who owns British Vogue, moved “quickly” to fire the guard. The magazine publisher, which also owns titles such as Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and GQ, became hit by criticism after widespread protests against Black Lives Matter for lack of support for diversity in the workplace. Two senior editors left the company due to racial insensitivity, and last month artistic director Anna Wintour and managing director Roger Lynch apologized to employees and admitted that Condé Nast had too few colored employees.
“I want to make it clear that I know that Vogue has not found enough opportunities to give black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators space,” Ms. Wintour wrote in a note. “We also made mistakes and published pictures or stories that were hurtful or intolerant. I take full responsibility for these errors. “
Mr. Enninful, who with an O.B.E. In 2016, he has long been a strong force for better representation in the industry for his services to diversity in the fashion industry. When he took over at the helm of British Vogue three years ago, when fashion continued to lack powerful black personalities, Mr. Enninful, who emigrated to the UK from Ghana as a child, hoped to create a more diverse magazine that was “open and friendly. “
“My Vogue is about being inclusive,” he said at the time. “It’s about diversity – showing different women, different body shapes, different races, different classes and addressing gender.”
Condé Nast said that the security guard, who worked for a third-party contractor at Vogue’s London headquarters, was fired from the site and “examined by her employer”. Countless bold names pounced on Mr. Enninful’s Instagram post on public issues at a time when the fashion industry was being scrutinized more than ever for its deeply rooted hierarchies and widespread racist and sexist attitudes.
However, on Twitter, several users suggested that some of the reactions to the incident reflected how the fashion industry – and Condé Nast themselves – could go a long way in continually settling racism and bringing about extensive sustainable change.
Mr Enninful, whose contribution to a trend topic on the platform and who recently put the spotlight on the British National Health Service staff in his magazine, had one final comment on his encounter in his social media post: “It only shows that Sometimes it does not matter what you have achieved in the course of your life: the first thing that some people will measure you against is the color of your skin. “