Meghan Markle has one very important title — the Duchess of Sussex — but she’s also been an actress, blogger and philanthropist. Now she’s adding British Vogue guest-editor to her resume, as she took part in the September issue of the famed fashion magazine.
Don’t expect to see a glossy shot of Meghan on the edition’s cover. The issue will highlight “Forces of Change,” featuring 15 influential women, including Jameela Jamil, Yara Shahidi, Laverne Cox and Greta Thunberg.
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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
British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful revealed that Meghan wanted to “focus on the women she admires” for the issue. Photographer Peter Lindbergh revealed one of Meghan’s request for the pictures: “My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!’”
Meghan interviewed Michelle Obama for the Q&A in the issue, over a “casual lunch of chicken tacos” (and her “ever-burgeoning bump”) where they discussed everything from motherhood to Michelle’s advice for her teenaged-self. When Meghan inquired about the most beautiful sound Michelle had ever heard, the former First Lady recalled daughters Malia and Sasha as newborns. After touching on how she and Barack used to lose hours watching their babies sleep, she added, “Don’t get me wrong, early parenthood is exhausting. I’m sure you know a thing or two about that these days. But there is something so magical about having a baby in the house. Time expands and contracts; each moment holds its own little eternity.”
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“Whatever your background, it’s easy to feel connected to Mrs Obama. There’s something magical about the way in which she draws you in with her endearingly frank, down-to-earth personality.” As First Lady of the United States, @MichelleObama forged a path as the nation’s mother-in-chief – and became a style icon in the process. Now, freed from White House protocol, she’s loosening up, but still dispensing immaculate advice. In a rare interview, she talks motherhood and maturity with #BritishVogue’s guest editor HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal. Read the full piece from the September 2019 issue via the link in bio. #MichelleObama photographed by @MillerMobley.
British Vogue’s September issue hits newsstands on Friday, August 2.