Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex has announced she is the guest editor for the September issue of British Vogue. The September issue, which is arguably the most important issue of the year, includes a cover called "Faces of Change." Featuring 15 "trailblazing" women, the cover does something extra special. A sixteenth space space is included for a very special reason.
The idea behind the blank space is quite brilliant. "The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective," the post reads. By giving the reader a space to see themselves, it allows them to place themselves in the narrative.
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We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of @BritishVogue. For the past seven months, The Duchess has curated the content with British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create an issue that highlights the power of the collective. They have named the issue: “Forces for Change” For the cover, The Duchess chose a diverse selection of women from all walks of life, each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness. The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective. The women on the cover include: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington We are excited to announce that within the issue you’ll find: an exclusive interview between The Duchess and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, a candid conversation between The Duke of Sussex and Dr Jane Goodall, inspirational articles written by Brené Brown, Jameela Jamil and many others. Equally, you’ll find grassroots organisations and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better. “Guest Editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring. To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created. A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover. Thank you for saying “Yes!” - and to Edward, thank you for this wonderful opportunity.” - The Duchess of Sussex #ForcesForChange
Clearly, Meghan Markle understands the importance of people, especially women, being in charge of their own futures. Going by the women on the cover, the whole purpose of the issue to not only talk about people who are using their platforms for good and to make a positive change. But they are also people who inspire the world around them to make change. So often we believe that we have to be someone with a platform to make a difference, but anyone can make a difference if they want to.
Some of the women included on the cover are actress and transgender advocate Laverne Cox, actress Yara Shahidi and actress and longtime activist Jane Fonda. The Good Place star and social activist Jameela Jamil is also featured. But not everyone on the cover is an actress. Boxer Ramla Ali is also featured. In her own Instagram post featuring the cover, she writes "more important than your own personal goals is what you can do for others whether through the raising awareness of important issues or through inspiration."
Also featured? Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate change fighter and activist with Asperger's. Educator and advocate Sinead Burke was reflective about her inclusion on the cover, sharing that as a fan of fashion, she often purchases the September issue of Vogue.
"They were my gateway into a world that I (at the time) couldn’t visualise myself within. Those September issues still line my bookcases at home and now, I’ll get to add one more to that collection - one with me on the cover," she says.
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To watch the full #ForcesForChange video for the September Issue of @BritishVogue, guest edited by The Duchess of Sussex, please visit our IGTV. Her Royal Highness 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.
Model Adut Akech Bior echoes similar sentiments to Burke.
"I got one of the best surprise, a phone call from The Duchess of Sussex herself to tell me she was the guest-editor of this issue. She told me that she finds me and my story so inspiring and those words I will never forget for the rest of my life," she writes.
The issue also includes a conversation between the Duchess of Sussex and former First Lady Michelle Obama and a conversation between the Duke of Sussex and Dr. Jane Goodall. The Duke and Dr. Goodall recently did an event together, talking about environmental issues.
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Today, The Duke of Sussex met with young people doing ground-breaking work in their communities as part of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Global Leadership gathering. Started in 1991 by world renowned ethologist and primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, with just 12 high school students in Tanzania, Roots & Shoots brings together young people from around the world who are leading projects in their communities to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment. Today @RootsAndShoots has over 150,000 groups in over 50 countries - the collective power of these young people is limitless. His Royal Highness believes that people are at the heart of conservation and sustainability and that in order to succeed we need an inclusive, community-centred approach. In his roles as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke has met young people from around the world who are leading the way with creative sustainability solutions and campaigns – it is thanks to the creativity of young people’s minds, that we can turn the tide and preserve our planet for future generations. After listening to presentations on endangered species, reducing plastic waste and embracing the wild, The Duke had the chance to thank all the young people taking part for their efforts and the difference they are making every single day. As a continuation of our monthly social awareness approach, for July we turned our attention to following accounts featuring the environment. @JaneGoodallInst, founder of Roots & Shoots, is one of those selected profiles, having dedicated her life’s work to bettering our environment and world. To learn more, visit @RootsAndShoots. Photo©️ PA images
Even though this is the September issue of British Vogue, you should be able to find it in larger bookstores or magazine stands. The issue will be available on Friday, August 2nd.