Meghan Markle is a guest editor for the September issue of British Vogue, and she is using her platform to highlight women who are making a positive impact on the world.
The issue, titled “Forces For Change,” showcases 15 portraits of influential women on the cover.
“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,” Duchess Meghan said in a statement.
Yara Shahidi is an actress and activist best known for her television roles on Black-ish and its spin-off series Grown-ish. She also starred in the 2019 film The Sun Is Also A Star.
“Thank you @edward_enninful and the amazing HRH Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal for considering me one of the #ForcesForChange for @BritishVogue, amongst these incredible change makers, and for using this iconic platform to continue to shift narratives and expand the role of fashion,” Shahidi wrote on Instagram.
Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old Swedish climate activist. When she was 15 years old, she began striking from school to protest outside the Swedish parliament and demanded that the country reduces its carbon emissions.
When she was elected to the position of Prime Minister of New Zealand in 2017, Jacinda Ardern became the youngest female head of government in the world.
Jameela Jamil is an actress best known for her role as Tahani Al-Jamil on the NBC sitcom The Good Place. She is also a body positivity advocate and the creator of the “I Weigh” movement on Instagram.
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche is a Nigerian author, and she has written popular novels Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists. She also presented a TED Talk titled “The Danger of a Single Story,” which has more than 5 million views on YouTube.
Laverne Cox is an actress, producer, and LGBTQ+ advocate. She starred in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black and became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award with this role.
“I am completely overwhelmed and overjoyed to share this cover. Being on the cover of Vogue magazine has been a dream of mine since I was a child. To get to share this cover with this group of women who inspire me, who are truly forces for change is deeply humbling,” Cox said.
In addition to landing roles in movies like Crazy Rich Asians and Captain Marvel, actress and activist Gemma Chan is involved with UNICEF and social movements such as Time’s Up and Save The Children.
Francesca Hayward is a well-known ballerina and actress. Notably, she is the principal dancer in the Royal Ballet and will star in the upcoming film adaptation of Cats.
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Back in Guatemala, one of my happy places and also one of the countries @everymomcounts is investing in proven solutions to end preventable maternal deaths in this region. Looking forward to spending the week here and introducing friends to our grantee partners and programs they are helping to support. #tomsformoms #Antigua
Christy Turlington founded the non-profit organization Every Mother Counts in 201o to support maternal health worldwide. She is also a model and has directed documentaries about women’s healthcare.
When she was a child, Ramla Ali‘s family fled their home in Somalia to escape the country’s violent civil war. Today, she is a British boxing champion and Nike athlete.
As a model, Adwoa Aboah has been involved in campaigns for some of the most well-known names in fashion. Plus, she is a founder of the Gurls Talk platform, which aims to create a safe place for women to discuss mental health, body image, and more.
Adut Akech, a Sudanese refugee from South Australia, has become one of the most in-demand models in the fashion industry today.
“[Meghan Markle] said that I was an inspiration… I couldn’t believe that she was calling me an inspiration,” Akech said in a statement.
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This Mother’s Day, join me in honoring the strong & resilient migrant women who are fighting to keep their families together. These #phenomenalmothers deserve our unconditional support, and I’m proud to stand in solidarity with all moms & families. T-shirt by @phenomenal.ly benefits @fams2gether’s family reunification efforts.
Jane Fonda, an actress, writer, and producer, has been an outspoken political activist in the United States since the Vietnam War. She is also a former model and fitness guru.
In addition to her work as an actress and producer, Salma Hayek is a passionate women’s rights advocate. Through her charitable work, she aims to raise awareness about violence and discrimination against women around the world.
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Los Angeles, you have been an incredible treat. In my final few hours on the west coast, I got to spend time with the extraordinary @amani who took this very flattering photo. . . [Image description: Standing in West Hollywood, I’m basking in the sunshine – with my eyes closed and hands in my hair, I’m wearing a tshirt that says ‘Use Your Power to Empower’.]
Sinead Burke is an Irish writer, activist, and broadcaster who was born with a form of dwarfism called Achondroplasia. She uses her platform to start important conversations about accessibility and is well-known for her TED Talk called “Why Design Should Include Everyone.”