There are myriad changes sweeping the fashion media landscape right now, not least of which are the top editors announcing their departures from the magazines they've led for decades. For publications bringing in new editorial talent (including Vanity Fair, Glamour and Elle), these exits and eventual appointments signify a new era for the respective titles and the environment in which they play a part. But no publication has drummed up more excitement than British Vogue, which, in April, announced that Edward Enninful was set to replace longtime Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman, effective in August.
The buzz surrounding Enninful's first issue — December 2017 — has been constant, thanks in part to a series of high-profile hires ranging from Pat McGrath as beauty editor-at-large to Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss as contributing editors. Enninful, a beloved industry figure in the U.K. and beyond, has also been quite vocal about his plans to spotlight racial, age, gender and body diversity, the likes of which fashion is certainly known to lack. That, plus Enninful's hefty rolodex of buzzy models, editors and miscellaneous industry friends has made his forthcoming debut the talk of the town.
After nearly seven months, the cover of the brand new British Vogue is here. The '60s-inspired image, photographed by Steven Meisel, shows British model-of-the-moment and activist Adwoa Aboah wearing a silk headwrap from Marc Jacobs's Spring 2018 collection, as well as mounds of glittery, peacock blue eyeshadow.
"Being on this cover is the biggest thing that's happened in my career," said Aboah — who founded the online safe space for young women, GurlsTalk, in 2015 — in a statement. "There is this newfound love and space for activism within fashion. I never would have dreamt in a million years that I would have young girls coming up to me at Glastonbury or on the streets of LA, New York, London, and telling me how much GurlsTalk or seeing my picture in a magazine means to them, as a woman of colour."
The cover lines are sparse, simply listing names of 20 "It" Brits, ranging from the not-so-fashion-adjacent (London mayor Sadiq Khan) to the icons (Cara Delevingne, Victoria Beckham and of course, Campbell and Moss). It's simple, striking and great sign of what's to come. So far, it's worth the wait.
See the full shoot in the December issue of British Vogue, on sale Friday. In the meantime, you can go behind-the-scenes of the shoot with Aboah and Enninful, below: