Can you spot what's wrong with this Vogue editorial team? Naomi Campbell can
Naomi Campbell subtly criticized a diversity problem at Vogue U.K. by sharing a photo of the editorial staff hired under the magazine’s ex editor-in-chief, Alexandra Shulman.
Shulman resigned and was replaced by Edward Enninful earlier this month — the first male and the first black editor to take over the British edition of Vogue since it launched more than a century ago.
To mark Shulman’s final issue as editor, her team assembled for a group portrait. But Campbell pointed something out:
“This is the staff photo of @britishvogue under the previous editor #AlexandraSchulman,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “Looking forward to an inclusive and diverse staff now that @edward_enninful is the editor. Let’s hear your thoughts?”
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This is the staff photo of @britishvogue under the previous editor #AlexandraSchulman. Looking forward to an inclusive and diverse staff now that @edward_enninful is the editor ♀️let's hear your thoughts ?
A post shared by Naomi Campbell (@iamnaomicampbell) on Aug 22, 2017 at 4:23am PDT
The post received more than 14,000 likes and hundreds of comments in a matter of hours, with many praising the former supermodel for speaking out.
“Looking forward to new and fresh perspectives in fashion that is inclusive,” @sharei27 commented.
“Yes yes yes! This is a fresh start to Vogue and an important one,” wrote @artsiphi. “This is what Vogue and the fashion world needs. Strong black voice and diversity to represent all. I’m looking forward to to the new December issue!”
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Many joined Campbell in criticizing the lack of diversity in the photo.
“Wow not one non-white staff member, this is pathetic, shame on Alexandra Schulman,” @natashaquinto23 wrote.
Others were hopeful of the leadership Enningful would bring to the magazine.
“I just want to see colour in the teams across every industry,” wrote @t_mpromo. “I know @edward_enninful shall bring his vision alive without any questions of diversity.”
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A few simply wanted to put race aside.
“Well I’m sorry – perhaps I need to look at things from a different perspective – honestly the reason why I don’t get the issue of colour isn’t because I’m white it’s because I really don’t care what colour someone’s skin is,” wrote @neillans. “It doesn’t impact how I feel about them — angels and arseholes come in all all shapes and forms. I only care about the person, not what they look like. But I do admit that I have issues with Alexandra Shulman’s way of doing things – she is a normal-sized woman and she did a bikini selfie a few weeks ago? When did she ever put any normal women in her magazine?”
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