Chioma Nnadi, a fashion journalist and podcaster, has recently been appointed as the new head of editorial content at British Vogue.
Nnadi is set to make history as the first black female to lead the industry-leading fashion title, which boasts outlets in the US, France, and Italy.
Nnadi, who has Nigerian and Swiss-German heritage, was born and raised in London. She started her journalism career at the Evening Standard Magazine in Britain before relocating to New York. In 2010, she became a member of the American Vogue team. Currently, she holds the position of editor for the website of a prominent US magazine. Additionally, she is a highly regarded writer for the publication, having authored notable cover stories featuring musicians Rihanna and Erykah Badu, as well as model Cara Delevingne.
In a statement, Anna Wintour, the Chief Content Officer and Global Editorial Director of Vogue, expressed her admiration for Chioma, highlighting her esteemed reputation as an editor and writer within Vogue and the broader fashion industry.
“Chioma is beloved among her colleagues at Vogue and is an editor and writer with an impeccable reputation—both here and in the fashion industry at large. I’m so grateful to Edward Enninful for everything he’s accomplished at British Vogue, and we’re all looking forward to a productive and creative relationship with him in his new role. I can’t think of a more worthy person to follow in his footsteps than Chioma,” she said.
Nnadi had recently assumed the role of editor at Vogue.com, where she oversaw the online coverage of significant events such as the Met Gala.
She expressed her immense excitement and honour in taking over the role from the departing Edward Enninful.
Nnadi stated on Monday that being born and raised in London has greatly influenced the way they perceive the world, thanks to the city’s vibrant energy, innovative style, and thriving creative community.
“As someone who was born and raised in London, the energy of the city – its boundary-pushing style and creative scene – has shaped the way I look at the world,” Nnadi said.
She goes on to add that at the present time, it feels particularly important to expand Vogue’s perspective beyond borders, while simultaneously embracing the diverse range of experiences that define British identity.
“Now, more than ever, it feels like a moment to look beyond borders while also celebrating the broad scope of what it means to be British,” Chioma said.
Nnadi, a writer and news director for Vogue, has gained recognition for his recent cover stories featuring stars like Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, and Erykah Badu. He has dedicated 13 years to his career in this role.
She expressed her excitement about connecting with a dedicated and enthusiastic digital community that is motivated by Vogue’s unique perspective, access, and ability to tell captivating stories.
“I’m looking forward to engaging a loyal and inspired digital community that is energised by our access, point of view, and storytelling.”
Anna Wintour, the chief content officer and global editorial director of Vogue, who served as the inspiration for Meryl Streep’s character in the film The Devil Wears Prada, expressed that Nnadi was highly regarded by her colleagues.
She mentioned that Nnadi is a highly regarded editor and writer, known for her exceptional reputation in both the general publishing field and the fashion industry.
“Chioma is an editor and writer with an impeccable reputation – both here and in the fashion industry at large” she wrote, adding, “I’m so grateful to Edward Enninful for everything he’s accomplished at British Vogue, and we’re all looking forward to a productive and creative relationship with him in his new role.”
Edward Enninful, who recently announced his unexpected departure from British Vogue after six years, received widespread acclaim for his efforts in making the magazine more inclusive.
Under his leadership, British Vogue showcased individuals from diverse backgrounds, embracing a range of skin colours, body shapes, and experiences. He intends to continue working at Condé Nast in an advisory capacity, as he has previously mentioned that this role allows him the flexibility to pursue more expansive creative endeavours.
Nnadi will start her new role on October 9th.