Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has earned a name for herself as a style icon and now, after months of speculation, it’s finally been confirmed that the former actress has guest edited the September issue of British Vogue.
The mother-of-one has spent the last seven months secretly working on the special edition, titled ‘Forces for Change’, Sussex Royal revealed on Sunday.
While Meghan herself won’t be on the cover, the eye-catching front page of the issue features 15 inspirational women, including American actress Jane Fonda, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg. While the issue will include a candid conversation between the duchess and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
In addition, an interview between her husband, Prince Harry and Jane Goodall, a conservationist who she has idolised since a young age, will also be printed in the high-profile fashion magazine.
“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,” Meghan said, according to Sussex Royal’s Instagram page.
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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 palace also released a candid photo of the mother-of-one working on the game-changing issue, sharing a behind-the-scenes black-and-white progress shot. Meghan is the first person to guest edit the September edition, although the Duchess of Cambridge was the magazine’s cover star in June 2016.
Meanwhile, other leading women featured in the one-of-a-kind edition include South Sudanese model Adut Akech, London-based Somali boxer Ramla Ali, American actress Laverne Cox, English ballerina Francesca Hayward, American model Christy Turlington Burns and actresses Salma Hayek and Yara Shahidi.
“These last seven months have been a rewarding process, curating and collaborating with Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, 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,” Meghan said in a further statement, according to Hello magazine.
“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.”