Ex- ed­i­tor blasts ‘weird’ Naomi in glossy cat­fight

The Mail on Sunday - - Girl About Town -

THE fur is still fly­ing in the un­seemly Vogue slang­ing match, I’m sorry to re­port.

The bust-up en­tered a new round yes­ter­day when for­mer ed­i­tor Alexan­dra Shul­man hit back at claims she ran a ‘ Sloanie club’ with a ‘diver­sity prob­lem’ dur­ing her 25 years at the mag­a­zine’s helm, brand­ing the ac­cu­sa­tions ‘of­fen­sive and up­set­ting’.

For weeks, the row has been thun­der­ing away be­tween Vogue’s old guard and new ed­i­tor Ed­ward En­nin­ful’s army of fresh ( and more eth­ni­cally di­verse) faces.

Lead­ing the charge has been Ed­ward’s friend Naomi Camp­bell, who took Alexan­dra to task over com­ments she made that ap­peared to take a swipe at ex- stylist Ed­ward’s suit­abil­ity for the role.

‘I find it racist,’ said Naomi, a con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor of Vogue whom Ed­ward de­scribes as ‘one of the great­est mod­els who has ever lived’. She went on: ‘It’s like a ven­detta and it should stop. I take it as racial abuse.’

Now, in the week that saw Ghan­aborn Ed­ward un­veil his first cover, fea­tur­ing mixed-race model-ofthe-mo­ment Ad­woa Aboah, Alexan­dra has tried to set the record straight. ‘I am up­set by ac­cu­sa­tions of racism,’ she said. ‘It was weird. Naomi is very vo­cal and she has cho­sen to take that view. I haven’t got a racist bone in my body. It does in­fu­ri­ate me.

‘I don’t think it is very be­com­ing of some­body who is con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor of a mag­a­zine to slag off the pre­vi­ous ed­i­tors.’

And on the is­sue of her for­mer 54-strong, all-white team at the mag­a­zine, said to have been com­prised mainly of ex-pub­lic school­girls, Alexan­dra added: ‘The idea that there was this posh ca­bal who were hav­ing a kind of tea party… when we made lit­er­ally hun­dreds of mil­lions of pounds as profit, I find of­fen­sive.’

Alexan­dra ap­peared to hint that there was a whiff of hypocrisy be­hind Ed­ward’s de­ci­sion to use Ad­woa, who at­tended the £37,000a-year Mill­field board­ing school, on his first cover. ‘She’s sort of posh Not­ting Hill roy­alty,’ she s ai d, adding: ‘ We’d ac­tu­ally of­fered her the cover and she t urned us down when I was there… maybe she knew she was go­ing to get this cover.’

CLAWS OUT: Naomi Camp­bell, left, and Alexan­dra Shul­man

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