The editor of British Vogue, Edward Enninful, stated he was racially profiled after being informed by a safety guard to “use the loading bay” as he entered the journal’s workplaces in London this week.
Mr. Enninful, who in 2017 turned the primary man and the primary Black editor to take the helm of Britain’s strongest style publication, described the incident to his a million followers on Instagram in a put up on Wednesday.
“Today, I was racially profiled by a security guard whilst entering my workplace. I was instructed to use the loading bay,” he wrote. “Just because our timelines and weekends are returning to normal, we cannot let the world return to how it was. Change needs to happen now.”
Mr. Enninful stated Condé Nast, which owns British Vogue, had “moved quickly” to dismiss the safety guard. The journal writer, which additionally owns titles equivalent to Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and GQ, has been hit with criticism after widespread Black Lives Matter protests for failures to support diversity in the workplace. Two senior editors left the company over racial insensitivity, and last month the artistic director, Anna Wintour, and the chief executive, Roger Lynch, offered apologies to the staff and acknowledged that Condé Nast had too few employees of color.
“I want to say plainly that I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators,” Ms. Wintour wrote in a note. “We have made mistakes, too, publishing images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant. I take full responsibility for those mistakes.”
Mr. Enninful, who was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2016 for his services to diversity in the fashion industry, has long been an outspoken force for better representation in the sector. When he took the helm of British Vogue three years ago, as fashion continued to have a dearth of powerful Black personalities, Mr. Enninful — who migrated to Britain from Ghana as a child — said he hoped to create a more diverse magazine that was “open and friendly.”
“My Vogue is about being inclusive,” he said at the time. “It is about diversity — showing different women, different body shapes, different races, different classes, tackling gender.”
Condé Nast said the security guard, who worked for a contractor at Vogue’s London headquarters, had been dismissed from the site and “placed under investigation by their employer.”
Scores of boldface names rushed to offer public commiserations under Mr. Enninful’s Instagram post, at a time when the fashion industry has faced more scrutiny than ever before about its entrenched hierarchies and widespread racist and sexist attitudes.
On Twitter, however, several users suggested that some of the response reflected how the fashion sector — and Condé Nast itself — had some way to go in addressing racism and engendering widespread sustainable change.
Mr. Enninful, whose post became a trending topic on the platform and who recently spotlighted Britain’s National Health Service workers in his magazine, had a final note to add in his social media post about his encounter: “It just goes to show that sometimes it doesn’t matter what you’ve achieved in the course of your life: the first thing that some people will judge you on is the color of your skin.”