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UK Vogue editor Edward Enninful racially profiled at Condé Nast

British Vogue editor Edward Enninful said on Wednesday (July 15) on social media that he was “racially profiled” on entering his workplace.

Edward Enninful posted on his Instagram that: “Today I was racially profiled by a security guard whilst entering my work place.”

“As I entered, I was instructed to use the loading bay,” he added.

“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,” he said.

Reuters has approached both Edward Enninful and Condé Nast for further comment but none was forthcoming at the time of publication.

Celebrities reacted to Enninful’s post, with friend and supermodel Naomi Campbell saying: “When will this change? Been happening in UK for so long .. so sorry you had to go through that !! Don’t let it deter you. Stay STRONG”.

Somali supermodel Iman wrote that “Normal wasn’t working”, while Oscar-nominated actress and singer Cynthia Erivo said, “I’m so sorry!!!”.

British singer-songwriter Paloma Faith called it “devastating”, while British talk-show host Trisha Goddard admitted she was “once mistaken quote for the tea lady”.

Enninful added that employer CondĂ© Nast “moved quickly to dismiss the security guard”.

“But it just goes to show that sometimes it doesn’t matter what you’ve achieved in the course of your life: the first thing that some people will judge you on is the colour of your skin,” he said.

The British edition of Vogue appointed its first black editor in the publication’s 100-year history, Ghanaian-born Enninful, in April 2017. He succeeded Alexandra Shulman, who announced in January 2017 that she would be stepping down from the magazine after 25 years in charge.

Enninful joined from W magazine, where he has been fashion and creative director since 2011. Previously, he had also worked for the Italian and American versions of Vogue.

Enninful received his Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) at Buckingham Palace, in London, on October 27, 2016.

Black models, stylists and fashion photographers took to social media last month to post their own versions of Vogue covers, called “Vogue Challenge”, demanding change in the industry to ensure greater diversity and opportunities.

Vogue‘s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, apologized for “hurtful and intolerant” mistakes by the magazine during her 30-year tenure.

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Cleaners remove coronavirus-themed graffiti by Banksy from London Underground

Banksy has hit the streets once again, this time to create a graffiti piece on a London Underground train.

But by the time the renowned artist unveiled the work on his Instagram account, it had already been removed by cleaners.

The work, titled “If You Don’t Mask, You Don’t Get”, was painted inside one of the service carriages on the Tube.

It featured numerous stencils of his trademark rats in various corners of the train, including one pictured sneezing across the carriage window.

But when the Transport for London (TfL) cleaning crews came across the art, they treated it “like any other graffiti on the network”, a TfL source told the BBC.

“The job of the cleaners is to make sure the network is clean, especially given the current climate,”  said the source.

Banksy posted a video to his social media, in which a man presumed to be the artist disguised himself as a cleaner and boarded the train with stencils.

In a statement, TfL officials said the artwork was removed due to a strict anti-graffiti policy.

“We’d like to offer Banksy the chance to do a new version of his message for our customers in a suitable location,” read the statement.

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