They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. But sometimes the person being imitated isn't flattered. That's the case with two women who are claiming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, copied their book cover for her edit of British Vogue. Markle is the guest editor of the September issue of the legendary magazine.
The announcement that Markle is guest editing the magazine was just made. Less than 24 hours after the announcement, Samantha Brett and Steph Adams are accusing the Duchess of stealing their book cover. But the twist is, Markle was a contributor to their book Game Changers. Not only was she featured on the cover, but she wrote an essay to accompany the book's release three years ago.
When you see the cover of Game Changers and the September British Vogue, it's hard to deny the similarities. Each cover is a black and white grid featuring pictures of the women being profiled.
"It's obviously very flattering, she obviously likes our concept!" Samantha Brett told the Daily Mail. "I love Meghan and am a huge fan, but if what people are alerting us to is true, then it's extremely disappointing," she added.
Because there are so many people involved in the making of a magazine, it's hard to know for sure if Meghan had anything to do with the cover. However, there is one important difference. In addition to photos of the 15 influential women, all known for being at the forefront of social change, there's a 16th spot. That spot is a mirror, meant to reflect the image of the reader.
"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 Duchess explains via the announcement Instagram post.
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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
The Daily Mail also pointed out similarities in the wording used to describe both the book and the British Vogue issue. The words "trail blazing" and "fearless" are used in the copy for the book and the description of the book. But to be fair, finding language to convey the same message.
Meghan Markle has become an icon in fashion and style, especially since her engagement to Prince Harry. So it's not a surprise that she would be tapped for such a special opportunity. In the world of fashion magazines, September is often the biggest issue of the year. So to trust someone outside of the normal editorial staff with the issue is a big deal.
Hopefully, this was more of an oversight on the part of the editorial staff and not intentional.