Vanessa Kingori is a game changer – a fashion powerhouse who has risen to the top of the industry through talent, vision and sheer force of will.
Born in Kenya, Kingori actually grew up in the Caribbean before moving to London where she has consistently raised the bar – and her status, receiving the Media Mogul Award for her work as the head honcho of British GQ.
She is the first female Publisher of British GQ and the first black Publisher at Condé Nast UK.
Others honoured during the event included the singers Jamelia and Alesha Dixon, TV presenter Charlene White, entertainer Angie Le Mar, journalist/broadcaster Jasmine Dotiwala, and US musician Eve.
The Black Magic Awards are a way of paying tribute to inspirational black women within the entertainment industry – and features video stories charting their journeys and careers, as well as music and comedy performances.
Some of those presenting awards during this year’s ceremony included Richard Blackwood, Tiana Major, Rachel Kerr, Damage, Lurine Kato, Mina West and Dan Bosi.
COMEDY – ANGIE LE MAR
MEDIA MOGUL Sponsored by Palmer’s – VANESSA KINGORI
THE TRIBUTE AWARD Sponsored by Palmer’s – JAMELIA
SPORTS PERSONALITY – RACHEL YANKEY
ACTRESS – ANGELA GRIFFIN
TV PERSONALITY – CHARLENE WHITE
BRAND – BIANCA MILLER
MUSIC Sponsored by Palmer’s – MIS-TEEQ
RADIO PERSONALITY – JENNY FRANCIS
COMMUNITY CHAMPION – BEVERLEY DE GALE
INTERNATIONAL STAR – EVE
THE INFLUENCE AWARD Sponsored by Palmer’s – JASMINE DOTIWALA