The editor-in-chief of British Vogue, Edward Kobina Enninful OBE, plans to release his memoir titled A Visible Man in September.
Haven featured first responders, octogenarians, civil rights activists on the cover of Vogue and championed designers and photographers of colour. Edward Enninful has established himself as one of the world’s most influential changemakers.
His memoir examines his path from a working-class refugee from Ghana growing up on a London council estate to his appointment as the first black editor-in-chief of British Vogue and his current role as European editorial director for the magazine. Late last year, Enninful made an announcement on his Instagram page about his upcoming book:
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I think it would be fair to say that since I started working in fashion some 30 years ago, as a 16-year-old model turned fashion editor from West London at the tail end of the 1980s, I have barely paused for breath. There were scores of magazine shoots and era-defining catwalk shows of course, but beyond the artistry and glamour of it all, I always felt like a man on a mission; an outsider who had found his way to the inner sanctum, bringing my own perspective to bear on an industry I loved but wanted to see evolve. And so I worked every hour of every day at breakneck speed.
Then the world turned on its head. In the last two years, the frantic hustle of fashion slowed a little – and alongside it came a powerful moment of societal change. Suddenly, all the things I had worked so hard to champion in my career – inclusively, opportunity, beauty in all its forms – felt as if they were top of the agenda. As Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue and Vogue’s European Editorial Director, I’ve been extremely blessed with a platform to lead some of those conversations, and so – with a moment of calm to myself – the time had come to tell my own story for the first time.
I wanted to share my own experiences from childhood to the offices of Vogue, and show how anyone can make a change in the world, with a little passion, perseverance and a pure heart. I’m so excited to bring my upcoming memoir to readers in September 2022. When all is said and done, I just want everyone to feel like no matter where they come from in life or whatever their dream is, they can grasp it. Just like I did.
The book’s cover has been revealed for the first time today. It shows a portrait of Enniful shot by a young Brazilian photographer Rafael Pavarotti. Enninful took to his Instagram to share the good news:
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I am so thrilled to finally be able to share the cover of my forthcoming memoir, ‘A Visible Man’, photographed by @RafaelPavarotti_.Released globally on 6 September 2022
Edward Enninful’s highly anticipated memoir is available for pre-order in the US, UK & AUS.