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Meghan Markle guest edits special Vogue issue featuring Laverne Cox

Emma Powys Maurice July 29, 2019

"I hope readers feel as inspired as I do by the forces for change they’ll find within these pages." (Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

September’s issue of British Vogue is guest edited by Meghan Markle, who has chosen to highlight 15 “trailblazing” women instead of featuring on the cover herself.

The Duchess of Sussex has selected 15 “trailblazing changemakers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers” — including the transgender actress, model and advocate, Laverne Cox.

Alongside Cox on the all-female cover are the climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, the New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, and the actress and body positivity advocate Jameela Jamil.

I hope readers feel as inspired as I do by the forces for change they’ll find within these pages.

Markle reportedly turned down the opportunity to appear on the cover herself, feeling that it would be “boastful.”

Boxer Ramla Ali, diversity advocate Sinead Burke, Royal Ballet dancer Francesca Hayward and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are also featured on the inclusive cover.

 

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A sneak peek of the #ForcesForChange video for the September Issue of @BritishVogue. Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the first Guest Editor for British Vogue’s September Issue and for the last seven months has worked to create an issue of inclusivity and inspiration, focusing on what connects us rather than what divides us. Fifteen women were chosen for the cover including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who generously lent her time to support The Duchess in this important issue. The women first met last autumn during Their Royal Highness’ official tour of New Zealand. Above, PM Ardern says: “One change that I’ve noticed over the course of my career, is just how polarised the world is now. I do think there is a solution to that though, and that’s ultimately us coming back to the humanity that we all share.” Thank you PM Ardern for being an amazing force for change. For more details on this special project, please see previous post and stay tuned for more updates throughout the week.

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Openly feminist and LGBT-positive message

The edition is entitled ‘Forces for Change,’ and Markle’s choice of cover stars is a clear statement on her openly feminist and LGBT-positive views.

She and her husband Prince Harry were the first royals to celebrate Pride month this year, and have been some of the most vocal members of the royal family about LGBT+ issues.

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Actors Salma Hayek Pinault, Yara Shahidi and Gemma Chan, and models Christy Turlington Burns, Adwoa Aboah and Adut Akech also feature (Reuters)

Markle spent seven months working with Vogue “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”.

She added: “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.”

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MARCH 23: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Catalyst Inc science park in Belfast where they met some of Northern Ireland's brightest young entrepreneurs on March 23, 2018 in Belfast, Nothern Ireland. (Photo by Niall Carson - Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Belfast, Nothern Ireland (Niall Carson – Pool/Getty)

Markle is the first person ever to guest edit the September issue, which is traditionally the biggest and most important of the year.

British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful said it was “an honour, a pleasure and a wonderful surprise” to have Markle guest edit the magazine.

“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,” he said.

 

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