Ghana-born Edward Enninful has made fashion history this week becoming British Vogue’s first male and non-white editor in the magazine’s century-long existence.

In a statement declaring Enninful’s new position, Condé Nast International chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse described the 45-year-old as “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist.”

The former model, who was raised in London, began his fashion career as a teenager. At the age of 19, Enninful became the youngest ever fashion director for i-D magazine.

Enninful has worked for American and Italian Vogue as well as being named the fashion and creative director at W Magazine in 2011.

Last October, Enninful received an OBE, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his contribution to fashion.

His successor, Alexandra Shulman, will end her 25-year stint as the magazine’s editor and pass the torch to Enninful on August 1.