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Gabriella Karefa-Johnson

Former Global Contributing Fashion Editor-at-Large, Vogue US

The New York-based stylist has changed the game by spotlighting new designers, pushing for representation and crafting narrative-driven ensembles.


Gabriella Karefa-Johnson is a New York-based stylist and editor known for her keen eye for up-and-coming designers, as well as her narrative-led approach aimed at diversifying representation in fashion. 

The stylist, known for her looks pairing disparate colours, textures and silhouettes, worked as associate fashion editor under fashion director Tonne Goodman at Vogue, and fashion director of Garage Magazine in 2017. In 2021, she became the first Black woman to style a cover of Vogue. As Global Contributing Fashion Editor at Large, she styled 13 international covers of Vogue, featuring Serena Williams, Paloma Elsesser , Kamala Harris and Amanda Gorman. 

In November 2023, Karefa-Johnson announced she had stepped down from her role at Vogue. She now helps to nurture emerging talent and has used her network to support the development of Central Saint Martins graduate Torishéju Dumi. 


Garage Magazine

Garage Magazine

American Vogue

American Vogue

Vital Statistics

15 October 1991

Sierra Leone/ United States

United States
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