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April 10, 2017 2:19 PM EDT

British Vogue tapped Edward Enninful, an outspoken advocate for diversity in the fashion industry, as its new editor-in-chief.

The magazine announced that Enninful, formerly the fashion and creative director at W Magazine, would take the reigns of the storied publication in a statement on its website on Monday. He will succeed longtime editor Alexandra Shulman, who announced in January that she would step down from her role in the summer.

Enniful, who was born in Ghana and grew up in Britain, will be the first man and black editor of British Vogue, according to the New York Times. The editor has been frank about the industry’s need to be more inclusive, received an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2016 for his contributions to the fashion industry.

“Edward is an exceptionally talented stylist who will no doubt bring an exciting new creative aesthetic to the magazine,” Shulman said in the statement. “Every Vogue editor arrives with their own range of talents and experience and Edward is very known, respected and liked within the fashion industry. I look forward to finding out his plans as soon as possible and working with him over the next few months of transition so that British Vogue continues to be the leading magazine in this market.”

Write to Samantha Cooney at samantha.cooney@time.com.

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