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Meghan Markle honours female trailblazers as she guest edits British Vogue magazine

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By Aishat Salihu

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has become the first person to act in the capacity of a guest editor on the September issue of British Vogue while highlighting the work of several influential female trailblazers.

Meghan said she “admires” the magazine’s cover features of 15 women hailing from the worlds of activism, politics, sports, Hollywood and beyond.

Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue, however, expressed how honoured he felt to have the royal guest edit the publication’s September issue, titled “Forces for Change”.

“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”, he said.

The Editor further explained that he and the Duchess of Sussex discussed whether or not she would be featured on the cover of the issue while adding that she decided that it would be a “boastful” thing to do as “She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires,” the fashion stylist added.

In an outlined statement released by the magazine which disclosed that the women chosen by the Duchess and British Vogue to feature on the September issue’s cover are “brilliant female change-makers who have had a laudable impact in recent times and who are set to reshape society in radical and positive ways”.

Meanwhile, the September issue of British Vogue features an exclusive interview conducted between the Duchess and former US first lady Michelle Obama, in addition to a conversation between the Duke of Sussex and primatologist Dr Jane Goodall.

Here are the 15 women featured on the cover of British Vogue‘s “Forces for Change” September issue:

Adwoa Aboah – mental health campaigner and model

Adult Akech – model and former refugee

Ramla Ali – boxer

Jacinda Ardern – prime minister of New Zealand

Sinéad Burke – diversity advocate and lecturer

Gemma Chan – campaigner and actor

Laverne Cox – LGBT+ advocate and actor

Jane Fonda – campaigner and actor.

Salma Hayek Pinault – women’s rights advocate, actor and producer.

Francesca Hayward – Royal Ballet principal dancer.

Jameela Jamil – body positivity advocate and actor.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – author.

Yara Shahidi – founder of Eighteen x 18 and actor.

Greta Thunberg – climate change campaigner and student.

Christy Turlington Burns – founder of Every Mother Counts and model.

Although, the full feature in the September issue of British Vogue will be available on newsstands and via digital download on Friday 2 August.

In response to the magazine production, Meghan expressed in a post shared on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex‘s Instagram account that guest editing the September issue of the magazine over the past seven months has been a “rewarding, educational and inspirational” experience.

“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,” the Duchess said.

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