Franca Sozzani (born January 20, 1950) is an Italian journalist and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia since 1988. She is considered to be one of five most influential people in the fashion industry woldwide.
Sozzani grew up in Mantua, a small city in northern Italy. After completing a degree in philosophy and Germanic language and literature, she married at the age of 20, only to leave her husband after three months. She started her career at Vogue Bambini in 1976 and directed legendary publications LEI since 1980 and PER LUI since 1982 before heading up the Italian edition of VOGUE in 1988. She was appointed editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in 1994.
In the 90s, Sozzani helped create the phenomenon of the supermodel with one of her closest long-term collaborators, Steven Meisel, and she has championed a group of photographers such as Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Paolo Roversi.
Memorble issues of her magazine include "The Black Issue" (an entire issue devoted to celebrate black women's beuaty), "Makeover" (dedicated to the exploding phenomenon of plastic surgery) and most recently L'Uomo Vogue "Rebranding Africa", for which she was awarded many different international...