Liv Little also known as Olivia Little, is London bred, of Jamaican and Guyanese descent, and is the progressive mind behind gal–dem, a magazine available in both online and print form dedicated to showcasing the uniqueness of women regardless of race or creed. gal–dem is run exclusively by women of colour.
The magazine came to fruition due to Little feeling disheartened over the lack of diversity present at the university she was attending. Instead of just voicing her concerns, she used it as a catalyst for positive change. Little recently graced the cover of British Vogue as part of its “Meet the Suffragettes” edition – dedicated to women who are making headway in some form in the name of female equality.
Edward Enninful is the Ghanaian-born British-bred editor-in-chief of British Vogue. He is a former fashion stylist and fashion director of i-D Magazine, a position he gained at the age of 18 and held for 20 years. Another prestigious accomplishment he achieved was being the youngest fashion director at a chief publication beforementioned. He continues to provide consultation services for advertising campaigns and fashion shows.
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Enninful has also served as contributing editor for Italian Vogue and Vogue, respectively. He’s held the position of fashion and style director at W Magazine. It was during his tenure at Italian Vogue that Enninful directed an issue that featured strictly black models such as Naomi Campbell and Alek Wek.
Presently, Enninful is using his post to advocate for women as he directed the January issue of British Vogue which features seven ladies who are fighting for the voices of women to be respected in media and society as a whole.
Enninful and Little are part of the group of change agents to watch for. They are at the forefront of barriers being broken for people of African descent. By simply using their passion and talent they are enabling the mainstream media to recognize the power of the black dollar, black mind and creativity.
See below what others think of Enninful and Little on Twitter:
— British Vogue (@BritishVogue) January 4, 2018
This was a dream piece, a proper pleasure to talk to @stellacreasy @livlittle @parislees @dinatokio @renireni @SophieRunning and Gillian Wearing, the ‘new suffragettes’, for @BritishVogue . https://t.co/FYX8xOPmj5
— Eva Wiseman (@EvaWiseman) January 4, 2018
Inspiring women Meet The New Suffragettes https://t.co/ZgSVkpzxtS
— Rani Moorthy (@Ranirasatheatre) January 4, 2018
I’m afraid I find this deeply patronising. The best tribute to the Suffragettes on this important centenary is not musings on the meaning of the word “girlie” (see vid). It’s the fact we have a woman in Number 10. Meet The New Suffragettes | British Vogue https://t.co/74enUD1aMn
— Laura Farris (@Laura__Farris) January 4, 2018
@Edward_Enninful is the best thing to happen for vogue. rate the content under his direction soo highly (especially Naomi Campbell’s interview with Sadiq Khan)
— zoë (@thezoedaniel) January 5, 2018
This bad in every single way. A magazine like British Vogue, one of the big 4, sharing the same cover of an american magazine. Shame! Shame! @Edward_Enninful . Shulman last year pushed Rihanna in the last minute to not share a cover….
— Caio Herrero (@caioherrero) January 5, 2018
‘All women’ includes even the shitty women.
— Parsley (@pazesez) January 5, 2018
— Rory (@RoryGosKeddie) January 5, 2018
I’m going to buy Vogue for the first time ever & look forward to finding out more about what the amazing women in the photo are doing to change society for the better
— Paula Stevens-Hoare (@skin_blister) January 5, 2018
Beautiful picture. I was so pleased to see to see this.
— Sarah Taylor (@Sarahistorygirl) January 5, 2018
Just look at our amazing Editor-in-chief @livlittle in the February issue of @BritishVogue, alongside 6 other influential women who are being recognised for their work empowering women ???https://t.co/Jj11CYhHVw pic.twitter.com/1x01JRquYv
— gal-dem (@galdemzine) January 4, 2018
●THE MODERN SUFFRAGETTES
British Vogue feature (left-right): gal-dem founder Liv Little, Women’s Equality Party leader Sophie Walker, campaigner and journalist Paris Lees, blogger Dina Torkia, artist Gillian Wearing, writer Reni Eddo-Lodge and Labour MP Stella Creasy) pic.twitter.com/Gk1BsZpkWX
— TransValid (@TransValid) January 5, 2018
they didn’t want to find 7 actual women… Males have got to male – they have to push their way into women’s lives and take centre stage at all times… If we have a platform – they will take it.
— Eve Endor (@EveEndor) January 5, 2018