Jun 20, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Celebrated fashion editor Franca Sozzani has died, after suffering from a rare form of lung cancer. The editor who was known for her risk taking fashion editorials will be remembered as the editor who always took chances with her magazine, speaking out rather than shying away from social issues. She used her magazine as a vessel to talk about everything from the BP oil spill of 2010 to the fact that the fashion industry still has a long way to go to improve diversity. Her all black issue in July 2008, featuring all black models was a total success, selling out and had to be reprinted twice.
More recently, she was the centre of a documentary about her life, produced by her son. The documentary called Franca: Chaos and Creation was six years in the making and looked at the huge impact Franca made over the course of her editorship. She also just received an award at the recent British Fashion Awards for her years of service to social issues, for being Global Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme, her work in the fight to eradicate AIDS and she passion to use the Vogue Italia website to celebrate rising and emerging talent.
Fellow Vogue Editor Anna Wintour has already paid tribute to Franca on Vogue.com, commenting on how Franca taught her the true meaning of friendship within the industry.
Anna Wintour on her 30-year friendship with Franca Sozzani: https://t.co/SVatVTTyjf
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) December 22, 2016
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