Victory for Dame Anna Wintour in the battle for British Vogue as Chioma Nnadi is appointed head of the magazine… but she will not have the title of editor-in-chief
- Chioma Nnadi will replace Edward Enninful, the current outgoing editor-in-chief
- She will be the first black woman to hold this position but will have a different title
The new boss of British Vogue will not have the title of editor for the first time, raising fears that the magazine will be downgraded.
Chioma Nnadi will replace outgoing editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, publisher Condé Nast announced yesterday.
She will be the first black woman to hold this position. But Nnadi, 44, originally from London and currently editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine’s American website, will only have the title of head of editorial content.
The move may be seen by some as a downgrade of British Vogue, which first hit newsstands more than a century ago, and indicates the growing control of the leader, Dame Anna Wintour.
London-born Chioma Nnadi (pictured) will be the first black woman to hold the position
In 2020, Dame Anna, 73, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, was given control of global editorial operations.
Fashion industry insiders said the restructuring had led to departures at Vogue’s international editions and the appointment of new editorial heads with less local profiles.
A Condé Nast source said yesterday: “Editorial leaders across all markets and titles have held the title ‘Head of Editorial Content’ since 2020, when we undertook a global editorial transformation across brands. Ms Nnadi said she was “honoured” by this appointment.
The change may be seen by some as a downgrading of British Vogue, which first hit newsstands more than a century ago, and indicates the increasing control of director Dame Anna Wintour (pictured).
Born to a Swiss-German nurse mother and a Nigerian father who came to study in the United Kingdom in the 1960s, Ms. Nnadi began her career in the features desk of the Evening Standard before moving to New York to write for Trace, an independent style magazine. .
She later worked for the music publication Fader. She joined Vogue as a writer in 2010 before becoming fashion news director and then editor-in-chief of Vogue.com.
Ms Nnadi will take up her new role on October 9 and will be based in London. Mr. Enninful, 51, announced in June that he was leaving office after six years.
A source told the Mail last week: “One of the big differences between Edward and Anna was that he wanted to make the magazine gender neutral, whereas Anna was adamant it would always be a women’s magazine.” Mr Enninful said yesterday that Ms Nnadi had “real vision”.