London-born editor of Vogue’s US website to become first Black female head of the fashion title
Born to a Swiss-German nurse mother and an Igbo Nigerian father who came to the UK to study in the 1960s, Nnadi grew up in central London, working at indie magazines such as Trace and the Fader, with which she credits her “scrappy” nature, before a stint at London’s Evening Standard.
In 2010, she moved to New York to work for Vogue, where Nnadi currently runs the US site, co-hosts the podcast and is one of the magazine’s star writers, and the living embodiment of Wintour’s mantra: “All platforms – all the time”.
She said she expected comparisons to be made between her and Enninful, but offered an assessment of their differences: “As a Black woman, but also as a biracial woman, how I view the world is also how I see it – through a lens that is influenced by my background, by where I live, and by having parents from different cultures and having to move between these cultures.
“Things have changed a lot. When I started out, there was one other Black person working in the building, and we both went to the same college. It wasn’t the same place it is now. Obviously matters of diversity and inclusion should always be on the agenda, but it feels like more of an open conversation now, and that feels to me like progress,” she said.