Why Is Meghan Markle Obsessed With Salma Hayek?
Meghan Markle is a feminist and has made it no secret that there are many women she admires in this world. Just last month, for example, it was revealed that Markle has looked up to Jane Goodall since she was a kid.
More recently, fans also got to find out that another influential woman Markle is obsessed with is actress Salma Hayek. In fact, the duchess even said that Hayek is one of her “favorite women.” Read on below to find out why Markle really admires the Mexican-American star.
Salma Hayek is featured in Meghan Markle’s guest-edited ‘Vogue’ issue
Markle has been making headlines this month for her involvement in the September issue of British Vogue. Instead of appearing on the cover, as Kate Middleton did in 2016, Markle decided to be involved in a different way.
In her editor letter, Markle revealed that, when she was originally asked to appear on the cover, she approached British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful with a different proposition.
“I asked the question,” Markle shared. “Actually, I typed and deleted the question several times until I built up the courage to ask the question in question. ‘Edward… instead of doing the cover, would you be open to me guest editing your September issue?'”
Enninful agreed and the two of them began working on a Vogue issue that would highlight different influential women instead of Markle herself. Called “Forces for Change,” the issue presented 15 “trailblazing” women on the cover.
Hayek was one of them. She got the call from Enninful while sitting in a car, and Enninful was being very secretive about the special person that was involved in the project.
“He said, ‘Listen, I’m going to put somebody on the phone. Are you in the car with people?'” Hayek shared. “I said ‘Yes.’ He told me ‘you cannot say the name of the person I’m calling.’ Frankly, I thought it was a joke.”
Meghan Markle has been ‘watching’ Salma Hayek for a long time
The Duchess of Sussex eventually was revealed to Hayek as the guest editor for British Vogue’s September issue. Hayek described Markle as being “very kind and loving and easy-going.” Hayek further shared that Markle said: ‘I’m [doing a cover], I’m not going to be the cover, I’m putting my favorite women on the cover. And you’re definitely one of them. You’re one of the first ones.”
The two women had never met before, but Markle shared that she had been “watching” Hayek’s career and, more importantly, her involvement in causes that raise awareness for violence against women. Hayek, notably, partnered with Revlon to sell products that have a phone number for women to call if they are in a dangerous situation and need help.
“I think we had a connection before we even talked to each other,” Hayek said of Markle. “The shock is that this person had been watching me and I had no idea. It’s really beautiful and I really do think that we have a special connection.”
Who are the other women that Meghan Markle highlighted?
Markle included a variety of women who have done extraordinary work to improve the lives of others. Among them are actress/body image activist Jameela Jamil, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, LGBTQ+ advocate Laverne Cox, climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, and feminist writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. There is also a mirror on the cover to represent the reader, telling them that they, too, can be a “force for change.”
Markle’s work has not come without criticism. Some people were quick to point out that, by including women such as Ardern, Markle was promoting politics — something that royals are not allowed to do.
Others also saw the Vogue cover as Markle taking jabs at members of the royal family. Markle said that she did not want to be “boastful” by appearing on the cover, which was interpreted as her calling Middleton “boastful” for doing so a few years ago. Additionally, Markle received some backlash from the public for not highlighting Queen Elizabeth or anyone royal in her list of 15 women.