Celeb tributes pour in for Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani

We were heartbroken when we learnt the devastating news that Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani had passed away aged just 66, following her private battle with a year-long illness.

“Franca was one of the greatest editors who ever made a magazine,” Jonathan Newhouse, chief executive of Condé Nast said in a statement.

“She made Italian Vogue a powerful and influential voice in the worlds of fashion and photography by publishing ground-breaking photography and journalism.

“The greatest fashion photographers looked to Franca as the creative leader who would give them the freedom and the scope to produce their best work and they did so, month after month.”

This statement was only the beginning, as tributes from famous faces around the world came pouring in.

“Franca Sozzani was always so nice and sincere,” Kanye West wrote on Twitter. “You will be deeply missed.”

Former Spice Girl turned fashion  designer Victoria Beckham  also took to Twitter to pay her respects …

“I had the privilege of spending time with Franca over the years,” she wrote. “Not enough time as it now so sadly transpires.

“Whenever I was with her I was mesmerised by her strength of character, her charitable work, her creative vision.

“She encouraged me and inspired me whenever we spoke. What a legacy she leaves behind.”

As did Madonna…

“A trail blazer and a True Rebel ! You are loved and adored by so many! We will miss you. Respect and admiration!!”

We’ll round off with Vogue US editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s moving tribute:

“Franca was warm, clever, funny, and someone who could give the Sphinx a run for its money when it comes to keeping a confidence,” AW wrote.

“She was also the hardest-working person I have known, and with an envy-inducing ease with multitasking.”

Thank you for everything you’ve done for art and fashion over the years- your legacy is sure to live on for decades, if not forever.