On Tuesday night I was invited to the launch of British Vogue with my dear friend Edward Enninful as the New Editor of the Magazine. The party was held in the River Cafe, West London. I first worked with Edward in the early nineties when I lived in Ladbroke Grove, London. We did many jobs together when Edward was a stylist and I was a model including shooting two ID covers.
(image ID magazine)
This first one was shot in central London in 1991 by photographer and friend Hugh Stewart. We did it in about 30 minutes with no hair or make up (I did not really need my hair to be done though!) I was thrilled to make the cover. ID magazine was one of the iconic magazines of the day and it was a privilege to be on it and in it.
(Image ID magazine)
This was my second cover shot in 1996. I did not know it but a week after shooting this my then husband and I found out that I was pregnant with my beautiful daughter Ella!
(Dave Bennet photography)
It was a wonderful treat to see Kate at the party. We met in the early 90s and worked together a lot and have been friends ever since.
(image Corinne day for the Face)
In 1991 Kate and I did this shoot with Corinne Day for another iconic magazine, The Face. We shot it on a Sunday in a supermarket car park in West London. Back then Supermarkets were not allowed to open on Sundays so the car park was completely empty and perfect for the shoot.
At the party we messed around and tried to recreate that shoot done 26 years ago.
(image Vogue magazine)
The Cover looked of course beautiful with the enchanting model Adwoa Aboah on the cover. Do buy a copy of the magazine if you have not grabbed one already. There are a lot of articles in the press at the moment focusing largely on race in relation to British Vogue. It is easy to jump on the band wagon point fingers, apply labels and stand on soap boxes with vitriol. But For me, this new British Vogue is about inclusivity in all its forms. We all want to feel included, heard and represented with family with friends and at work, and so having this in the magazines we buy is just as important too.
I believe this magazine will do so much more than just positively impact the fashion industry. Edward’s vision to address a myriad of topics from body image to gender, may well help many people to feel more accepted, less alienated and more confident about themselves, who they are, what they look like and what they stand for. I love the fact that the issue features fashion for all, from designer labels to fashion from Primark. I am not saying that this has not been done in British Vogue before, but I can only speak for myself and say that this time around it feels well, different.
For me, the New look British Vogue feels like a big warm healing hug to which all are invited, and to where openness and honesty are encouraged and welcomed. I will enjoy the delayed gratification of looking forward to a new copy each month. Edward Enninful is one of the most gracious, generous and warm hearted people I have ever met. His epic rise in fashion has not changed these characteristics. This man is doing something very special and I can’t wait to watch the continued success of this brilliant Magazine.
“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do”- Steve Jobs.
Ps: If you see any typos in the article just let me know in the comments below and I will change it.