Edward Enninful’s last British Vogue cover features 40 ‘icons’: Oprah, Kate Moss, more

Why have one cover star when you can have 40?

Edward Enninful said goodbye to his job as editor-in-chief of British Vogue after seven years with one star-studded cover featuring supermodels, pop stars, movie stars and more.

Mother-daughter duos including Kate and Lila Moss and Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber front the March 2024 mag alongside pop stars like Dua Lipa and Miley Cyrus.

But it’s supermodels who take up most of the real estate; Linda Evangelista, Gigi Hadid, Iman, Amber Valletta, Irina Shayk, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington are among the many major faces represented.

Jane Fonda, Oprah, Salma Hayek, Selma Blair, Victoria Beckham, Ariana DeBose, Anya Taylor-Joy, Laverne Cox and Serena Williams are among the other A-list participants.

Enninful — who announced in June 2023 that he would be stepping away from as EIC — tapped famed photographer Steven Meisel for the shoot, which saw all 40 in-demand women actually gather together in the same room. Pat McGrath oversaw the makeup for the entire endeavor.

Miley Cyrus strutted her stuff, of course. Ned Rogers
Models including Karlie Kloss, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Irina Shayk and Jourdan Dunn made cameos. Ned Rogers
Jane Fonda and Oprah were photographed arm in arm. Ned Rogers

“When it came to my last issue, I knew the cover would be dedicated to women. Of course! Women have shaped British Vogue for close to 108 years now, and have certainly informed every moment of my six and a half year tenure here, to say nothing of leading and guiding me through my entire life,” Enninful wrote, in part, for his last editor’s letter.

“It has been a truly magnificent chapter for me personally here at British Vogue but it was apparent on set that day that it was the togetherness, community and teamwork that we cherished the most,” he concluded, adding, “And now? Well it’s the excitement of whatever this thrilling and unchartered decade has in store next isn’t it. For all of us.”

Enninful will continue to work at Condé Nast, serving as a cultural advisor under Anna Wintour. Getty Images
Enninful announced last year that he would exit the magazine he’s helmed for seven years. Dave Benett/Getty Images for Conde Nast
Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Christy Turlington were just a few of the A-listers featured on his final cover. Ned Rogers

The fashion editor — who has clashed with bigwig Wintour and even potentially eyed her job at American Vogue — will stay within the Condé Nast family as he transitions into a new role as an editorial advisor for British Vogue and a global creative and cultural adviser for Vogue, presumably advising many international versions of fashion’s bible.

Enninful has been a beacon of diversity and champion for creative ideas in the fashion industry, making history not just with his appointment as British Vogue’s first black and gay editor, but also with a number of his covers.

Meghan Markle famously guest-edited the September 2019 issue — which was criticized for being too “woke” — while Enninful featured Selma Blair posing with her cane amid her multiple sclerosis battle and Campbell with her baby daughter in 2022. That same year, Timothée Chalamet became the first man to cover the glossy solo.