Racism is, in a way, fair and square: as long as you are a person of “colour” (of which the Caucasian dermatology seems to evade the categorization even though many would tempt themselves with frequent and most abhorrent tanning salons to ‘make it glow’), without a given context of your superior background to quell those racist instincts, you all fall victim, subtle or not.
That, most unfortunately, happened to Britain’s most powerful and influential journalist in the fashion industry, Vogue editor Edward Enninful. His words and choices would define the British haute couture for the seasons to come, yet the doorman who works in his very own building failed to identify him for who he was. The guard had actually asked him to use the tradesmen’s entrance from the back of the building.
‘Today I was racially profiled by a security guard whilst entering my work place,’ he confirmed last night in a statement. ‘As I entered, I was instructed to use the loading bay. Just because our timelines and weekends are returning to normal, we cannot let the world return to how it was. Change needs to happen now.’
The said misguided security guard was immediately sacked by bosses at Conde Nast, the fashion conglomerate which owns Vogue. ‘Conde Nast moved quickly to dismiss the security guard, but 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.’
Enninful, 48, is the first non-white person to be appointed editor of Vogue, his career taking the high post in 2017.
He is successor to Alexandra Shulman, whose influence he upturned by suggesting that his motto for the industry in the foreseeable future was to ‘get rid of the posh girls’.His approach was controversial, and some would so wholeheartedly disagree that his deputy editor Emily Sheffield, who is Samantha Cameron’s sister, resigned as well as many other staffs.
His camaraderie showed off, with many celebrities clamouring to voice their disgust for the inherent racism in this society.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell demanded: ‘When will this change? Been happening in UK for so long — so sorry you had to go through that.’ Actress Gemma Chan commented: ‘There’s so much more to do. Sorry this happened to you.
’ Television presenter Trisha Goddard told him: ‘I was once mistaken for the tea lady, but this is mad.’
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