(Blogmensgo, gay blog October 19, 2018) In its November 2018 issue, British gay magazine Attitude published the seventh annual Attitude Awards. British stylist Edward Enninful, editor-in-chief of the British edition of Vogue, was voted “Man of the Year 2018”. There were 13 categories for the awards, and Attitude has decided to show four different winners on four different versions of the magazine cover. On our copy, the cover shows American ice-skater Adam Rippon: He won bronze in Pyongyang, and Attitude awarded him a prize in the sports category. The other versions of the November issue show singer-songwriter Jess Glynne, singer-songwriter Boy George (awarded together with Culture Club) and actor George Takei.
Edward Enninful, Man of the Year
Edward Enninful, 46, has used his talent as a stylist for almost thirty years in various fashion publications. After a short career as a model, he expressed his creativity in the Italian, American and British editions of Vogue.
Edward Enninful, born in Ghana and son of a dressmaker, has always been committed to the diversity of models, with different skin colours and other characteristics. He has also benefited from this himself, previously as a model and since 2017 as head of Vogue UK, of which he is the first openly gay editor-in-chief.
The Attitude Ranking 2018 does not care about the sexual orientation of the winners: whether gay, lesbian, trans, queer or simply straight – the only reason for the nomination was their popularity with the LGBT community.
In any case, the music business counts five winners, thanks to awards with different titles:
- Legend: Ricky Martin
- Music Icons: Boy George & Culture Club
- Honorary Gays: Little Mix
- Hero: Courtney Act
- Music: Jess Glynne
Besides music, there were the following awards, too:
- Man of the year: Edward Enninful
- Sport: Adam Rippon
- Icon: George Takei
- Culture: Tituss Burgess
- Comedy: Julian Clary
- Style: DSquared
- Inspiration: Judy & Dennis Shepard
As an ironic wink, the Russian national soccer team is on the Attitude list and wins the “(Accidental) Allied Award”. The Russian team financed the LGBT campaign with £170,000 (€194,000), i.e. £10,000 for each of the 11 goals scored, £20,000 for each of the two games won and £20,000 for qualifying for the round of 16.
This funding was, of course, indirect and totally involuntary, since gays and lesbians in Russia are regarded as completely useless and receive no support. In fact, the idea came from Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, who promised to donate £10,000 for every Russian goal (plus the above bonuses) to companies working to make football LGBT more friendly. And so Attitude Magazine Foundation received its first major donation.
Also noteworthy is the very visible support for the Attitude Awards by two British business groups, Virgin and Jaguar.
Frank-S / MensGo