Naomi Campbell attacks Alexandra Shulman’s all-white Vogue

Naomi Campbell didn’t hold back in her Instagram post. The renowned British beauty criticised the lack of diversity among staff of the fashion magazine Vogue, highlighting how a staff photo taken under a former editor, Alexandra Shulman, showed a complete absence of black staff members.

“This is the staff photo of @britishvogue under the previous editor #AlexandraShulman” Campbell wrote. “Looking forward to an inclusive and diverse staff now that @edward_enninful is the editor … let’s hear your thoughts?” she added “prompting an outpouring of anger on social media as the past lack of diversity on the Vogue staff was laid bare” reports The Guardian.

“Before taking up the post at the beginning of August, Enninful announced a series of appointments that attempted to rectify the issue. Campbell, film director Steve McQueen and model and activist Adwoa Aboah were all named as contributing editors and a make-up artist, Pat McGrath, was named beauty editor-at large. However, despite a shake-up of the old guard, the new staff who will work with Enninful on a daily basis are still overwhelmingly white” writes Hannah Ellis-Petersen.

It is obvious that Edward Enninful is the right man for the right job -after all he was awarded an OBE for services to diversity in fashion in 2016.

Shulman stepped down at the beginning of August to be replaced by Enninful, the first non-white person to edit the influential magazine in its 100-year history. For many, Campbell included, his new post is “a moment of reckoning for the fashion industry, which has a deeply entrenched issue with diversity and race across the board”.

During Shulman’s reign in British Vogue only two black models have had solo covers in the past 15 years.