A host of talented men stole the show in fashion news this past week. Here are the top stories:
Edward Enninful takes over British Vogue
After Alexandra Shulman announced her decision to leave British Vogue having spent 25 years at the helm, the fashion world was rife with speculation as to who would take her place. And while women everywhere are piping up about gender equality, the role of editor at Vogue has always been dominated by females.
It was rather momentous, therefore, to discover last week that former-model Edward Enninful will be the first male and non-white editor in the magazine’s 100 year history.
Condé Nast International chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse spoke at the announcement to press saying that Enninful was “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist.”
Enninful began his career modelling in London at the age of 16. By 19, he was the youngest ever fashion director to work at i-D magazine, and in fact – the fashion publishing industry. He kept his position for two decades and was known for bringing elegance with an edge in his styling. He also worked for American and Italian Vogue, spearheading the first ever “Black Issue” at Vogue Italia before taking on the role of fashion and creative director at W Magazine in 2011.
Last October he was also awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his contribution to fashion.
In a separate interview, Enninful said that his new role was ‘a dream come true’. He told Vogue: “I grew up reading British Vogue – I am so honoured and humbled to be taking up the mantle of editor. I realise I am stepping into the shoes of a hugely respected editor in the shape of Alexandra Shulman, someone who has chosen to leave at the top of their game with a legacy of 25 years of success.”
Enninful will begin at British Vogue August 1, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.
Ru Paul Ties the Knot
RuPaul has announced that he married his boyfriend of 23 years, Australian rancher Georges LeBar, in a secret ceremony in January. The host of Ru Paul’s Drag Race spoke about it in an interview on Hollywood Today Live.
In a 2013 special of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?,” RuPaul spoke about his relationship with LeBar. “He is devoted to me, I am devoted to him,” he said. “And that’s the end of the story.”
“I met him on the dance floor at Limelight in 1994 on his birthday,” explained RuPaul. “We got married on his birthday, on the anniversary of the night we met.”
Although Ru cited that the couple had been exploring marriage for tax reasons, Ru later told Entertainment Tonight that the 2016 election outcome was a key reason. The couple had never felt compelled to get married until the election results were announced.
Ru said: “But then, in light of what’s happening currently in the world today, what’s happening in Washington, we thought, you know what? Let’s do it. Let’s just do it, because there’s too much at stake with our businesses … so, that’s why we did it.” Ru insists that marriage hasn’t changed anything about their relationship. He recalls once asking in prayer for a “sweet, sensitive man” before meeting Georges. There’s hope for us girls yet!
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Korea’s First Black Model
According to DramaFever, while his looks may make him seem like a foreigner to his peers, he is definitely Korean at heart. Having a Korean mother and a Nigerian father, Han only speaks Korean and prefers to be called by his given name, Hyun Min.
Apart from his skin colour, his height, at 6 feet 2.5 inches, makes him a striking figure in the modelling scene. However his entry into the fashion runway business was fraught with difficulty. In a culture where there’s an obsession with perfect alabaster complexions, Han faced his share of discrimination. He spoke to the press about times when he was told by designers that his skin colour was not a match for their brands. He also mentioned that industry people kept on speaking to him in English despite knowing that he was Korean.
This is ironic in the sense that African-American influences have been at the forefront of the country’s music scene with hip hop, R&B and rap taking centre stage, and pop stars in turn also influence fashion to a great extent. However, the attitude towards Han has changed ever since his first runway gig, and there has since been a lot of attention from traditional and online media.
Han has 11 fashion shows under his belt, including those in the most recent Fashion Week, exposing him to international modelling scouts and designers. The model hopes to be able to expand his portfolio internationally someday.
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