Making History: Duchess Meghan First Ever Guest Editor Of British Vogue

Duchess of Sussex, Patron of Smart Works, in the workroom of the Smart Works London office.
July 29, 2019 - 09:20 / Sarah Schulz

Duchess Meghan is going Vogue and we couldn't be happier for her! In the 2019 September issue of British Vogue, Meghan Markle is the first guest-editor of the September issue in its 103 year history. This is quite the honour and the issue seems like a powerful and inspiring one, titled "Forces for Change." 

Duchess Meghan had the honour of guest-editing the 2019 September issue of British Vogue titled "Forces for Change." The issue features a candid conversation between the Duchess and former First Lady Michelle Obama as well as an interview between her husband Prince Harry and famous primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall. 

British Vogue September Issue: Trailblazing Women

The cover of the September issue features 15 trailblazing women from actresses and models to authors and politicians as well as advocates for everything from climate change, mental health, diversity and voting rights. Among some women on the cover are Laverne Cox, Salma Hayek, Jacinda Adern, Jane Fonda, Greta Thunberg, Jameela Jamil, Somali Boxer and more.

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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

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Duchess Meghan: "Forces for Change" 

Meghan made a statement saying that "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." According to People Magazine

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A sneak peek of the #ForcesForChange video for the September Issue of @BritishVogue. Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex 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.

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Meghan Markle: First Guest-Editor in 103 Years

The Duchess of Sussex added that "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," according to People.

We are so excited for Duchess Meghan and are so proud of the incredible, impactful work she is doing not only for women but for the world. We can't wait for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue to hit the stands on August 2nd.  

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