Anna Wintour, the renowned editor-in-chief and artistic director of Condé Nast, has issued a public apology for the lack of diversity and insensitive mistakes during her 32-year tenure at Vogue. In an internal email to employees, Wintour acknowledged that Vogue had not done enough to promote and provide opportunities for Black editors, writers, photographers, designers, and other creators. She also took responsibility for publishing content that had been hurtful or intolerant.
Wintour’s apology comes in the wake of nationwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality, triggered by the killing of George Floyd. Many media figures have been speaking out about racism and the need for change in their organizations. Christene Barberich, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Refinery29, recently resigned amid allegations of a toxic company culture, and Bon Appétit magazine’s editor-in-chief, Adam Rapoport, stepped down due to controversy over old photos of him in brownface.
While these actions have been met with both criticism and praise, they highlight the growing demand for greater diversity and inclusivity in the media and fashion industries. Samira Nasr’s appointment as the first editor-in-chief of color in the 153-year history of U.S. Harper’s Bazaar is seen as a significant step toward more inclusive leadership in the industry.
In a changing landscape where inclusivity and diversity are paramount, leaders like Anna Wintour are acknowledging past shortcomings and pledging to do better in the future.