'W' magazine's Edward Enninful honoured at Frederick Douglass Awards

'W' magazine's Edward Enninful honoured at Frederick Douglass Awards

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At the recent 49th annual Fredrick Douglass Awards, 'W' magazine’s Fashion and Style Director Edward Enninful was honoured, in addition to New York State Education Commissioner John King Jr. and the corporate team at CVS Caremark

Hosted by the New York Urban League, guests from the worlds of fashion, nonprofits, local governments and media, paid homage to the distinctive honourees at the Federick Douglass Awards. Sitting among the crowd was some of the world's fashion elite, from Diane von Furstenberg, Iman, Jourdan Dunn and Naomi Campell — who presented W's Enninful with his award at the end of the night.

"I wouldn't be anywhere else in the world," Campbell said, as she introduced her "brother" Enninful, whom she has known for 28 years.

The editor joked whilst he went to receive his award calling Campbell a "sister," and playfully suggesting that they "even look alike" before he delved into deeper issues. Enninful stated that the fashion industry still does not have equality for people of colour, and expressed that he's "been lucky," to have worked with powerful editors such as Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington and Stefano Tonchi.

"But what if we lived in a world where luck had nothing to do with it, where high-quality education was provided to every student no matter the colour of their skin or where they grew up?" he said,  "I can tell you, without diversity, creativity remains stagnant."

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