British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful Acceptance Speech

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Oprah Winfrey and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful

At the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York last night, British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful OBE received the Media Award in honour of Eugenia Sheppard, recognising his outstanding contribution to the industry throughout his prolific career and, most recently, since taking the helm of the publication in 2017.

Read Edward Enninful’s speech in full below:

“My mother loved fashion. And how proud she would be to see that I never stopped dreaming, or working, towards this moment. Growing up in West London, I never knew it was possible to achieve something like this. And I am not done.

In a world that is increasingly divided, we must remember: We are more alike than we are different. British Vogue is about being inclusive. It’s not just the colour of your skin but the diversity of perspective. That’s what drives us forward, not back. I have a bold vision of what the future can – and will – look like. Fashion has the opportunity to contribute now more than ever, to a more inclusive, diverse, and tolerant society. I want my work to advocate this change.

I want to thank Diane and CFDA, my parents, all of my family, my partner Alec Maxwell, Terry and Tricia Jones, Jonathan and Ronnie Newhouse, and all the talented people I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years.

This is for you, Franca Sozzani.”