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" A lot of my friends, we all grew up sort of not very wealthy. And in England, whatever ends up being a negative, that's a positive. "
" I can tell you, without diversity, creativity remains stagnant. "
" My mother and father just taught me the basics: to be really kind, to really listen to people. I have never been one to put on airs and graces. "
" Social media is fine, depending on how you use it. "
" There is nothing more classic in the realm of casual than jeans and a white tee - a look that is inherently Americana and reminiscent of the American Dream - an optimistic dream of opportunity, individuality, freedom, and the embodiment of one living their truth. "
" People of power have to show empathy and kindness to the young. "
" Never forget that it sometimes takes a foreigner's eye to capture Britain most clearly. "
" When I started in the nineties, a sample size was a 4 and a 6. "
" Social media and technology are democratising and opening up fashion and the process of fashion for all - this has good and bad sides, but that comes with any change. "
" I don't think everything has to be new all the time. You don't have to have the latest designer all the time to look good. Just have things you're comfortable with, have key pieces that you can sort of reinvent over and over again, and always keep things that you really love for a while. "
" I take random inspiration from everywhere. "
" I think if you're really good at what you do, you can see outside the box. "
" The more you style, the better you get. Don't give up. At a certain point, the magic happens. "
" I didn't grow up with money; I didn't come from a rich family. But what fashion gave me was an escape into a world of creativity: if I couldn't afford that Junior Gaultier jacket, then I'd get one from the market and customise it. "
" Change always takes time. "
" I'm very protective of all the vulnerable young kids that go on shoots. I can empathize. I've been there. "
" There's a lot of research and time that goes into my shoots. I spend weeks on them, even for one picture. "
" The best photographers know how to light any color skin. "
" Music, for me, is as important as fashion. The first visuals I remember are Elvis Presley, David Bowie, New Romantics, and different punk bands. "
" A queen does not wear clothes off the runways. "
" I am black in a predominantly white industry, and I have been luckier than most. "
" My 'Vogue' is about being inclusive; it's about diversity. Showing different women, different body shapes, different races, class. To be tackling gender. "
" I feel like when it comes to the models, certain models are now like commodities in certain ways. "
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" My mother was a seamstress, so I always grew up with her making clothes. I knew how to construct outfits. I knew how to sketch. I knew how to customise. But I could never imagine it as a career. "
" Kurt Cobain really made an impression on us. He just had that rebel attitude. You could tell he was super talented but didn't really care. "
" I realise I am stepping into the shoes of a hugely respected editor in the shape of Alexandra Shulman, someone who has chosen to leave at the top of their game with a legacy of 25 years of success. "
" When I was 18 years old, I moved into Neneh Cherry's house in Kensal Rise with Judy Blame and our friend Michael Boadi. "
" When you start out in the industry and things are tough, and you're not really making money, you question yourself: should I give up? "
" Being an immigrant and living in England, I feel like I lived in two worlds. There was the world that, when I was at school with my friends, was very English, and then I'd go home to another country, with exotic foods and colours. I have a sense of colour pairings, and that came from my background, I think. "
" You could say slowly but surely, the world is changing in a good way - equality in all forms is more and more part of the global conversation, and people are celebrating diversity and individuality. "
" I don't think I'm in any way an icon, to be very honest. "