An iconic goodbye! Victoria Beckham joins Kate Moss and Gigi Hadid as 40 legendary British Vogue cover stars come together for epic shoot to mark Edward Enninful’s final edition… so can YOU name them all?
Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and Gigi were among 40 legendary British Vogue stars who came together to grace the cover of Edward Enninful’s final edition.
Edward, 51, the publication’s first male and first black editor, announced in June that he was stepping down to take a new global role at publisher Conde Nast.
Ensuring his final cover would be one to remember, he assembled some of the biggest names in show business, managing to get them all in one room for an epic farewell session – but how many A-listers can you spot?
It’s the largest number of women ever shot together for a Vogue cover, but it took award-winning photographer Steven Meisel just 15 minutes to shoot the group.
Revealing how he came to choosing the icons, Edward wrote: ‘When it came to my last issue, I knew the cover would be dedicated to women. Natural!’
An iconic goodbye! Victoria Beckham joined Kate Moss and Gigi Hadid as 40 legendary British Vogue cover stars gathered for epic shoots to mark Edward Enninful’s final issue… can YOU name them all? (Answers below)
Kate Moss caused a storm with Victoria Beckham and Christy Turlington
Christy Turlington joined Maya Jama, Selma Blair and Precious Lee on set
He continued: ‘It was clear to all of us in the team that no woman could or should cover for the magazine in the last few years. What we needed was a group, to lean into the power of the collective to bring to life what I hope was a bold, disruptive and evolutionary period in Vogue’s history.’
After sending out requests to his 40 cover stars, Edward admitted he was holding his breath hoping they would agree, before the celebs flew in from London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles and beyond to (at their own expense) in December to arrive for the New York-based shoot.
The ladies were given three months’ notice to attend, with Edward writing personal notes to each woman asking them to take part.
The only person who couldn’t make the shoot was Nicole Kidman who was away working on a movie.
He recalls: ‘They realized as if from a dream.
‘When 08:00 rolled around the models, the movie icons, the musicians, the moguls, the sports legends and media stars started arriving. Mother and daughter Kaia Gerber and Cindy Crawford rode along.
‘Ditto Salma Hayek Pinault and Linda Evangelista, as Salma stayed at Linda’s house the night before.
‘Dua Lipa and Miley Cyrus have squeezed through the skin of their pop star schedules. And everyone made sure things ran smoothly so Gigi Hadid could make it home to her toddler in time.’
Edward concluded: ‘So here it is: my 76th and final issue of Vogue, six and a half years and 153 cover stars later, including the 40 legendary women featured on this cover. It has been an extraordinary ride and an absolute honor.
“As I step into my new role, as Condé Nast’s global creative and cultural advisor for Vogue, I am determined to continue to champion the incredible range of voices in fashion and media and ensure that we continue the explosion of energy of the past few years. .
‘We always say this, because it always has to be said: “there is still much to do.”
Kate, Cindy Crawford, Jourdan Dunn, Karlie Kloss and Irina Shayk looked incredible
Miley Cyrus and Kate Moss put on a show of leg in mini dresses for the photo shoot
Naomi Campbell was a vision in a white gown with a drop waist
(L-R) Gemma Chan, Simone Ashley, Rina Sawayama, Anya Taylor-Joy, Maya Jama, Precious Lee, Jameela Jamil
Linda Evangelista and Salma Hayek arrived at the shoot together after having a sleepover the night before in preparation for the shoot
Jodie Comer and Adwoa Aboah looked in high spirits as they beamed for the camera
Jane Fonda was assisted by a cane when she visited with good friend Oprah
So how many did you manage to spot? 1. Anok Yai, 2. Kaia Gerber, 3. Naomi Campbell, 4. Dua Lipa, 5. Maya Jama, 6. Kate Moss, 7. Cynthia Erivo, 8. Simone Ashley, 9. Lila Moss, 10. Ariana Debose, 11. Jameela Jamil 12. Oprah, 13. Salma Hayek, 14. Christy Turlington, 15. Selma Blair, 16. Miley Cyrus, 17. Iman, 18. Linda Evangelista, 19. Jane Fonda, 20. Cara Delevingne, 21. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, 22. Gigi Hadid, 23. Adwoa Aboah, 24. Victoria Beckham, 25. Paloma Elsesser, 26. Gemma Chan, 27. Jodie Comer, 28. Precious Lee, 29. Amber Valletta, 30. Adut Akech, 31 Cindy Crawford, 32. Karen Elson, 33. Irina Shayk, 34. Laverne Cox, 35. Anya Taylor-Joy, 36. Serena Williams, 37. Rina Sawayama, 38. Karlie Kloss, 39. Vittoria Ceretti, 40. Jourdan Dunn
Selma Blair spoke about her experience on set The Washington Post: ‘We were allowed to take pictures, but I wanted to see it with my own eyes. I believe we will all be allies of each other.
‘We were spokes in a wheel. We are stronger together. I feel more confident because I was in that group.’
Edward will be replaced by Londoner Chioma Nnadi as editor of British Vogue.
The Mail on Sunday reported that Edward hoped to one day replace Anna Wintour, but the Vogue editor-in-chief is determined to stay and will ‘swatt any detractors like a fly’.
Edward will hold a ‘global advisory position’ at Vogue, ‘with the freedom to take on wider creative projects’.
“He’s made no secret of wanting the big job (worldwide editorial director), but he’s hit the glass ceiling and he’s gone as far as he can go,” the Vogue insider explained.
‘He thought he’d be in London for a few years and then go to New York, but he now knows he’s never going to get Anna’s job at Condé Nast.
‘Anna is the undisputed boss. She has seen off many competitors and continues to do so. She could swat him like a fly.’
A fashion source put it more bluntly: ‘I think Edward underestimated her power. He blew so much smoke when he was appointed editor that he couldn’t see his own pants.’
This week, Vogue staff also called an end to an era at their office, as they moved out of the legendary Vogue House in Mayfair, London, where the magazine has been published for 65 years.
Condé Nast announced last year that it would move staff at its publications, which include Vogue, GQ, Tatler and House & Garden, to The Adelphi on the Thames Embankment.
Vogue House was put up for sale earlier this year and was bought by shipping magnate Eyal Ofer, a Monaco businessman said to be worth $23 billion. It will be renamed 1 Hanover Square, marking the end of an era for the publisher.
Edward Enninful, 51, the first male and first black editor of British Vogue, announced in June that he would be stepping down to take up a new global role at Conde Nast (pictured with Naomi Campbell)
The deal only covers the lease for the property as the Church of England owns the property.
Ofer paid £75m for the property, £5m more than the price it was listed for, according to The Telegraph.
British Vogue was launched in 1916 and moved to Vogue House, just off Regent Street, in 1958.
The March issue of British Vogue is available via digital download and on newspapers from Tuesday 13 February