Kenyan Vanessa Kingori Named the First Female Publisher of British GQ

Vanessa Kingori is a woman of many firsts. She was the first female Publisher of British GQ, a Men’s fashion and Style magazine and she was the first Black Publisher at Conde Nast UK. Her journey as a publisher led her to attain one of the most ‘Craved’ awards in the UK.

Last year for the Queens 90th birthday she was honored with an MBE. An MBE; Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire,  is an award given by the Queen to an individual for outstanding service to the community or local ‘hands on’ service.

Vanessa received her MBE for her outstanding work in serving her community and establishing a successful healthcare business in her native island of St. Christopher and Nevis. She hoped that her work mentoring young people would actually show them that no matter what their background is, great things can happen to them.

In an interview about how she felt when she got the information on her award she stated that, “I was pleased to be the one to open it and to retain the envelope which might have otherwise been banished to recycling. The fact the envelope is date marked and stamped from the palace makes it a great memento. It’s now tucked away with other reminders of great moments in my career.”

The humble Kenya-Caribbean studied management and sociology at the Royal Holloway University of London. She found her passion in fashion and entertainment and began her rise to success working at the Evening Standards ES magazine and later as Fashion Manager of Esquire Magazine in the UK.

Some of the other recognition she has received include Leader in Luxury at the Walpole British Luxury Awards 2016, UK’s Most Influential Britons under 40 in 2013 and UK’s Overall Most Influential Black Britons in 2016 and 2017.



Fiona Olali

Fiona Olali

I love art and music and appreciate the small things that make a difference in how we view the world.

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