Rihanna adds another accomplishment to her wall of awards with being the first Black woman to cover British Vogue in the publication’s 102-year history [Shame].
The man responsible for this feat, Edward Enninful also made history last year when he became British Vogue’s first Black editor in the company’s history.
When asked about his groundbreaking decision, he said, “I always knew it had to be Rihanna.”
“A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her,” he said.
This is Enninful’s first September issue — shot by renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight.
“No matter how haute the styling goes, or experimental the mood, you never lose her in the imagery,” he wrote. “She is always Rihanna. There’s a lesson for us all in that. Whichever way you choose to dress the new season, take a leaf out of her book and be yourself.”
On the other side of the pond in American Vogue, Beyonce will grace the cover of the September issue, which famously sets the tone for fashion’s favorite season, fall, with a 400 page edition.
She will reportedly have total control of her shoot creatively, which has resulted in her hiring 23-year-old Black photographer Tyler Mitchell.
He will be the first Black photographer to shoot a cover in the magazine’s 126 year history.