Anna Wintour wrote an email to the Vogue staff on June 4 addressing any “hurtful and intolerant” moments that have occurred at the publication. 

Wintour has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988.

She wrote, “I want to start by acknowledging your feelings and expressing my empathy towards what so many of you are going through: sadness, hurt, and anger too. I want to say this especially to the Black members of our team—I can only imagine what these days have been like. But I also know that the hurt, and violence, and injustice we’re seeing and talking about have been around for a long time. Recognizing it and doing something about it is overdue.”

“We have made mistakes too, publishing images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant. I take full responsibility for those mistakes,” Wintour said.

She encouraged the Vogue staff to reach out to her directly for discussion and to share their thoughts and reactions with her.

“I know that it is not enough to say we will do better, but we will—and please know that I value your voices and responses as we move forward. I am listening and would like to hear your feedback and your advice if you would like to share either,” she continued.

The editor-in-chief of Bon Appètit, Adam Rapoport, resigned on June 8 after a photo of him in brown face in a racially insensitive costume resurfaced online. Bon Appètit, like Vogue, is owned by media company Condé Nast.

In a statement, Condé Nast said, “As a global media company, Condé Nast is dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. We have a zero-tolerance policy toward discrimination and harassment in any forms. Consistent with that, we go to great lengths to ensure that employees are paid fairly, in accordance with their roles and experience, across the entire company. We take the well-being of our employees seriously and prioritize a people-first approach to our culture.”

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