Vogue and Condé Nast have been subjected to racial reckoning by employees who spoke about discrimination and pay inequalities at the workplace. It resulted in the resignation of Bon Appétit Editor-in-Chief, Adam Rappaport, and Condé Nast VP of Video, Matt Duckor.
Speculations also started doing rounds that Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and Artistic Director of Condé Nast US, might give up her post.
However, in a town hall meeting with Condé Nast employees which was led by the company’s many senior executives, CEO Roger Lynch confirmed that Wintour will not not be resigning from the company she has stayed at for the past 40 years.
Calls have been mounting at the company asking Wintour to resign highlighting lack of diversity at the magazine. Wintour penned a company-wide letter issued to the staff apologising for letting “hurtful and intolerant behaviour” exist at the workplace and also for not doing “enough to champion black sufferers and designers” through the magazine and Condé Nasts’ other brands.
While Wintour promised in her letter “to do better in future”, it attracted increased backlash also from her former close friends and aids.
For now, Anna Wintour is staying. Given the global unrest and cry for more inclusive racial diversity in society, we can only but hope and wait for the next chapter in this fashion mag’s story.