Edward Enninful’s fashion career started on the London underground

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Edward Enninful was named the new editor of British Vogue recently, making him the first ever male editor of the magazine.

Enninful’s career started at the age of 16 when he was spotted on the Tube by stylist Simon Foxton. Enniful was previously planning a career in law and said he’d have to ask his mum when asked if he was interested in modelling.

He said about the initial meeting: “I saw this man who kept staring at me. I was trying not to freak out. Then we got to King’s Cross, he came over, gave me a card and said, ‘My name is Simon Foxton and I’m a stylist for i-D and Arena and I work with Nick Knight, and I’d love you to model for me.’”

After modelling in several shoots, Enninful became Foxton’s assistant and was later introduced to the founder of i-D Terry Jones who appointed him fashion editor of the magazine at the age of 18.

Enninful started working for Italian Vogue in 1998 and then moved to American Vogue before becoming fashion and style director of W magazine.

Foxton said he was “absolutely over the moon” to hear of Enninful’s new position and put his success down to his warm personality and people skills.