Anna Wintour Admits ‘Vogue’ Failed Black Staffers
Global outrage over police brutality and systemic racism has caused a lot of companies and corporations to review their current practices and attempt to make adjustments.
Vogue magazine’s editor in chief Anna Wintour recently issued a company memo addressing the ways in which the publication had failed its black staff members.
Wintour, who has had her position as Vogue‘s editor in chief since 1988, held herself accountable, taking full responsibility for the mishaps that transpired during her tenure, which includes publishing content that was “hurtful or intolerant.”
“I want to say plainly that I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, designers, and other creators,” Wintour wrote in the memo thatPage Six obtained. “We have made mistakes too, publishing images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant. I take full responsibility for those mistakes.”
“It can’t be easy to be a Black employee at Vogue, and there are too few of you. I know that it is not enough to say we will do better, but we will — and please know that I value your voices and responses as we move forward,” Wintour said.
“I am listening and would like to hear your feedback and your advice if you would like to share either … I am proud of the content we have published on our site over these past few days but I also know that there is much more work to do. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me directly. I am arranging ways we can discuss these issues together candidly, but in the meantime, I welcome your thoughts or reactions.”
Earlier this year, Anna Wintour was scrutinized after André Leon Talley’s memoir, The Chiffon Trenches was published. Talley, the former editor-at-large of Vogue, wrote about a myriad of problematic anecdotes where Wintour was portrayed as insensitive and intolerant.