The coveted September issue of British Vogue has been guest edited by none other than Meghan Markle this year and she has chosen to feature some trailblazing women on the cover.
The Duchess of Sussex picked Irish activist Sinéad Burke to be among 15 women from across politics, literature and more who she regards as ‘trailblazing changemakers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers’.
Sinéad stars on the iconic new Forces For Change September issue cover along with other remarkable women including New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern, climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Salma Hayek, Laverne Cox and Jane Fonda.
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I am thrilled to reveal the cover of the September 2019 issue of @BritishVogue – and to introduce you to the bold, brilliant and inspirational woman who has guest edited it with me: HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal. For the past few months, the Duchess and I have been working together on this shared passion project: to dedicate British Vogue’s biggest issue of the year to all the remarkable women who are redefining our world for the better. We have called it – and them – our #ForcesForChange. The story begins with this cover, starring 15 changemakers, all titans in their respective fields, who have been personally selected by the Duchess and myself for the powerful and positive differences they are making in our world. The 16th slot will appear as a mirror on the printed cover, and was included at the special request of the Duchess to show that you – that all of us, in fact – are part of this moment too. It’s been a real labour of love and I feel very humbled today to be able to finally unveil it to the world. Read about how the Duchess became the first guest editor of the September issue in the magazine’s 103-year history at Vogue.co.uk now, and discover the full cover story in the new issue, on newsstands Friday 2 August. Photographed by @TheRealPeterLindbergh, with fashion editors @Edward_Enninful and @TheRealGraceCoddington, hair by @BartPumpkin and @SergeNormant, make-up by @TheValGarland and @Diane.Kendal, nails by @LorraineVGriffin and @YukoTsuchihashi. Starring: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington
Earlier today, Sinéad tweeted, ‘I’ve been collecting the September issue of Vogue for as long as I can remember. They were my gateway to a world that I couldn’t visualise myself within.
‘Those September issues still line my bookcases at home and now, I’ll get to add one more to that collection! Bananas.’
I’ve been collecting the September issue of Vogue for as long as I can remember. They were my gateway to a world that I couldn’t visualise myself within.
Those September issues still line my bookcases at home and now, I’ll get to add one more to that collection!
— Sinéad Burke (@TheSineadBurke) July 28, 2019
The fashion magazine also featured Sinéad on its 2018 list of the 25 most influential and aspirational women working in Britain.
Meghan guest edited the magazine’s most important issue of the year along with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, who commented, ‘For the past few months, the Duchess and I have been working together on this shared passion project: to dedicate British Vogue’s biggest issue of the year to all the remarkable women who are redefining our world for the better.’