The Nigerian American journalist Chioma Nnadi has been announced as the new editor of Vogue.com, the website of the influential fashion magazine. The announcement was made by Vogue US editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
“I am so thrilled that Chioma will be the new editor of Vogue.com,” Wintour said. “Above all, we know her as someone who intuitively understands fashion and brings to it a genuine love of discovery. She looks in unexpected places and all over the world to find out who is doing the best work and who we should be celebrating now. I absolutely rely on her eye and her cosmopolitanism and her taste. Even better, she is forward-looking and understands that Vogue needs to reach new audiences and do so in new ways.”
I am thrilled to announce that Chioma Nnadi (@nnadibynature) will be the new editor of https://t.co/X2uQWcOb4i! Chioma is an exceptional editor for this role and we couldn’t be happier to see her lead us forward. – Anna Wintour pic.twitter.com/vJg30SAuSL
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) September 21, 2020
Nnadi has worked at Evening Standard, Trace, and as Style Director at Fader. She became a fashion writer at Vogue in 2010 and Fashion News Director in 2014. She becomes the third Black editor-in-chief in the Vogue network, following Vogue UK’s Edward Enninful and Teen Vogue’s Lindsay Peoples Wagner.
With the ongoing racial reckoning in the US, magazines have, to make up for years of structural racism, been appointing Black editors-in-chief and organisation leaders. They include Dawn Davis at Bon Appetit, Simone Oliver at Refinery29, Asad Syrkett at Elle Decor, and Tiffany Reid as vice president of fashion at Bustle Digital Group.
Nnadi also announced on Instagram.
Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, editor, journalist, and curator. He is Editor of Folio Nigeria, where he profiles innovators and facilitators in culture: business, art, photography, music, activism, health, food. He has vast experience working in literature. He has sat on the judging panels of The Gerald Kraak Prize and of The Morland Writing Scholarship. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria's first queer art collective, and Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. For three years, Nov. 2016 to Apr. 2020, he led the transformation of the literary blog Brittle Paper into a continental powerhouse, ideating and administering The Brittle Paper Awards, the first by an African publication. His work in queer advocacy has been profiled in Literary Hub. In 2019, he won The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature. In 2020, he was named among "The 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians." He completed a collection of short stories in 2016 and his novel in 2020. Find him on otosirieze.com or on Twitter & Insta: @otosirieze.