British Vogue Editor Edward Enninful 'Racially Profiled' At Work

"It just goes to show that sometimes it doesn't matter what you've achieved in the course of your life: the first thing that some people will judge you on is the colour of your skin."

British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful OBE has said he was racially profiled after being told to "use the loading bay" by a security guard as he entered work.

Enninful, who has been at the helm of the magazine since 2017, said the incident happened as he walked into his offices on Wednesday.

In a personal Instagram post, he said Conde Nast, which owns British Vogue, "moved quickly" to dismiss the security guard.

"Today I was racially profiled by a security guard whilst entering my work place," he wrote.

"As I entered, I was instructed to use the loading bay. It just goes to show that sometimes it doesn't matter what you've achieved in the course of your life: the first thing that some people will judge you on is the colour of your skin.

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"Just because our timelines and weekends are returning to normal, we cannot let the world return to how it was."

It is understood that the security guard in question, who works for a third party contractor, was dismissed from the site immediately and placed under investigation by their employer.

Enninful, who has championed diversity within Vogue since he assumed the editor role some three years ago, repeatedly highlights the effects of whitewashing within the industry. 

Earlier this month, when accepting an industry award for his work at the magazine, he said: "It would be disingenuous of me not to point out that I am the first black person to ever win this award - the first black person in 40 years.

"Diversity is making its way into our commissioning and on to our pages. But what about inside our workplaces?

"Who are we hiring? Who are we nurturing? Who are we promoting? How do our office environments treat people? Who is allowed to get to the top?"

Upon being appointed, he announced to readers that big changes were coming.

"You are going to see all different colours, shapes, ages, genders, religions," he said. "That I am very excited about."

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