British Vogue editor in chief Edward Enninful, the first gay Black male to hold such a post in Vogue’s history, revealed this week that he was racially profiled by a security guard upon entering the magazine's office in London.
"Today I was racially profiled by a security guard whilst entering my work place," he wrote on Instagram Wednesday evening. "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. And it needs to happen now."
Enninful said Condé Nast, the company that owns Vogue, “moved quickly” to dismiss the security guard in question from its office. The guard, whose name was not made public, worked in the building as a third-party contractor and has now been was “placed under investigation by their employer,” a spokesperson told CNN.
With over 30 years in the fashion industry, having previously worked at i-D and Vogue Italia, Enninful has been a leader in promoting models of color as well as publishing articles about racial injustice. His work was honored by Queen Elizabeth, who bestowed the Order of the British Empire upon him in 2016.
Following his post, several celebrities offered support via social media.
“When will this change?" model Naomi Campbell wrote. "Been happening in UK for so long. So sorry you had to go through that!! Don’t let it deter you. Stay STRONG."
"Never going back to 'normal'. I'm so sorry this happened to you," added trans model Munroe Bergdorf.
"The security guard got the right one on the wrong day," said film director Ava DuVernay.
“There’s so much more work to do,” wrote British Vogue deputy editor Gemma Chan. “Sorry this happened to you Edward.”