Media mogul, Vanessa Kingori, has been named as the new publisher of British GQ magazine by its owner, Conde Nast.
She has been appointed to the newly created position of associate publisher fashion of monthly men's glossy GQ and publisher of bi-annual spin-off GQ Style.
Having worked with some of the country's top publications, Kingori, who joined the company two years ago, becomes the youngest, and only Black person to become publisher at a prestigious publication.
Jamie Bill, publishing director for GQ and GQ Style, said: "This restructuring is acknowledgement of the significant contribution Vanessa has made to the business over the past two years, as well as serving to bolster the stellar GQ management team of Justin Barriball, associate publisher, and Anne Prendergast, promotions director."
An excited Kingori beamed: “I was always taught that I should be respected for what I do rather than who I am.
My demographic makeup is not the sum of my abilities. I think that’s really important to remember."
She added: "On the other hand, I would love to see more diverse talent on my side of the publishing industry; so I’ve gotten involved with some mentoring programs to address this.
It’s really nice when people say that hearing about my achievements has inspired them – I would never have dreamed I’d have that effect."
Previously fashion advertising director at GQ and associate publisher of GQ Style, Kingori was once listed one of Britain’s most influential Black people and succeeds Jamie Bill to assume the lucrative role.
She was also fashion manager of Esquire magazine in the UK, and before that on the Evening Standard’s ES magazine.