Join Hearst’s Head of Diversity & Belonging, Richie Booker, as he sits down with Kenya Hunt to discuss her career journey. Kenya Hunt is Editor-in-Chief of ELLE UK and author of the critically acclaimed book, Girl: Essays on Black Womanhood. Her career spans working for some of the world’s most influential women’s titles on both sides of the Atlantic, from her post-graduate days as an Assistant Editor at the seminal magazine, Jane, to her time as Deputy Editor of Grazia UK and ELLE UK.
She advocates for greater diversity within the fashion industry by providing a supportive network for some of the many talented aspiring designers, journalists and image makers of colour London has to offer. In 2021, she was recognised by The British Fashion Council for her work and given a Global Leader of Change Award at its annual Fashion Awards.
3 Key Takeaways:
- Navigating the Media Industry as a Black person
- Hear advice and be inspired by a Black woman thriving in her career
- How to harness your power to remove barriers
Richie has several years of Diversity & Belonging focused experience, working with leading brands including LUSH, Channel 4, BBC, Spotify, Viacom, BET and more. He is also a presenter, broadcaster, and host of the BBC’s “1xtra’s Talks”, a hard-hitting talk show exploring the lived experiences of Black Britain. He has amassed over 20 years’ of experience in youth services and the criminal justice system specialising in CBT-based group therapy.
About Hearst UK
A premium content and experience business with an overarching purpose: to help people get more out of life. We’re the UK’s leading premium publisher, and the people behind iconic media brands such as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Country Living. We’ve created a working environment that encourages everyone to pull together. We never stop looking for brave new ideas. We’ll always try to develop and improve, we trust each other to do our best, and we have fun as we build on our heritage to make history.
With a diverse team, we can take on challenges together, building on the strength of different perspectives. Our goal is to progress our content, products and services to reflect the diversity of lives and experiences of people across the U.K. We believe our future success is dependent on having a team of people from different backgrounds, with varied and unique identities and mindsets, who’ve had different experiences in life.