Kenyan born Vanessa Kingori appointed new British Vogue publishing director


Kenyan born Vanessa Kingori has been confirmed as the incoming British Vogue publishing director, taking over from Stephen Quinn who retires at end of the year after a 26 year stint at the magazine.

She’s had an enviable career at the Condé Nast stable, a luxury media brand that manages high society publications such as Vogue, GQ, GQ Style, Vanity Fair and Teen Vogue among others. Kingori’s appointment as the publisher at British GQ and GQ Style broke barriers on many fronts as she became the first black and female publisher the magazine has ever had.

In 2016, she was awarded an MBE on the Queen’s 90th Birthday. An MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of British Empire) is an honour bestowed to individuals for outstanding service to the community. She was also on the list of the most influential black Britons in 2016.

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