Meghan Markle guest edits September Vogue with all-female cover

The Duchess of Sussex is the guest editor for September’s British Vogue and has brought together her 15 most inspirational women for a striking front cover.

Meghan, however, won’t be featuring on it herself as she thought it would be a ‘boastful’ act, according to the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful.

This is the first time anyone has guest edited the fashion bible’s September edition – the biggest and most important one of the year.

The Duchess felt passionate about having an all-female cover and called on the likes of climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, UK actress Jameela Jamil, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden.

Entitled Forces For Change, the special edition features ‘trailblazing changemakers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers,’ said Buckingham Palace.

Meghan, who has been working on the project for the past seven months, helped design the inspirational front page which is divided into 16 boxes of individual pictures of the stars.

But the seemingly blank 16th spot on the cover is actually a mirror, which aims to include the reader and encourage them to use their own platforms to bring about change.

The Duchess of Sussex said she hopes readers feel as inspired by the magazine as she does, with September’s cover featuring a mix of campaigning actors, models, a dancer, an author and a prime minister.

Stars include prime minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, actors Salma Hayek Pinault, Laverne Cox, Jameela Jamil, Yara Shahidi and Gemma Chan, and models Christy Turlington Burns, Adwoa Aboah and Adut Akech. Boxer Ramla Ali, diversity advocate Sinead Burke, Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward, and award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, make up the 15 chosen stars.

Highlights of the edition include a conversation between Meghan and former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, along with an interview between ethologist and primatologist Dr Jane Goodall and her husband, the Duke of Sussex.

Meghan said: ‘These last seven months have been a rewarding process, curating and collaborating with Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, to take the year’s most-read fashion issue and steer its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today.
‘Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light.
‘I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the forces for change they’ll find within these pages.’
Enninful said it was a ‘privilege’ to have the Duchess of Sussex He said: ‘To have the country’s most influential beacon of change guest edit British Vogue at this time has been an honour, a pleasure and a wonderful surprise.
‘As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege.

‘From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not.
In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a “boastful” thing to do for this particular project. ‘She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires.’

The Duchess of Cambridge adorned the front of Vogue’s centenary issue in 2016. In 2009, a documentary film called The September Issue gave a behind the scenes look as US editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and creative director Grace Coddington worked together on the 2007 US edition of the magazine.

The September issue of British Vogue is available on Friday August 2.


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