This morning, Business of Fashion unveiled its fourth annual BOF500, an index of people redefining the fashion industry today. This year’s list includes Vogue Arabia Editor-in-Chief, Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, and its selection aims to reflect “an industry that is more diverse, digital, and disruptive than ever before,” according to the team at BOF.
The BOF500 2016 is the publication’s most multi-cultural index since its launch in 2013, and features key names hailing from 57 different countries. Notably, it spans a broad age demographic and features 113 new entrants including Chinese couture designer Guo Pei, singer Zayn Malik, and Instagram’s head of fashion partnerships, Eva Chen. Firm figures on the list include managing director of Al Mana Retail Group, Wissam Al Mana; model-turned-entrepreneur, Kate Moss, British Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman; and couturier Elie Saab. Further industry heavy weights on the list include human rights attorney Amal Clooney, and investor Mohamed Alabbar. Najla Maatouk, founder of Kuwaiti retailer Al Ostoura, sits alongside Everlane founder Michael Preysman, and a host of names from the fields of technology, fashion, and business.
Business of Fashion has also added 28 BOF500 members to its Hall of Fame, including Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaïa and international Vogue Editor, Suzy Menkes.
Founded by Imran Amed, a former management consultant from Canada, the London-based fashion media company receives 850,000 monthly visitors, reports The Guardian; has launched a print publication; and is cultivating its careers portal. On October 25th 2016, the BOF site will put up a pay wall, and limit access to its journalism.