Why Meghan Markle Chose Certain Women to be on the Cover of British Vogue

Actress, Duchess, mother, and now we can add guest editor to the many titles that Meghan Markle has. Yesterday, it was announced that Markle guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue.

“We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of @BritishVogue,” a caption on Markle and Prince Harry’s Instagram account read. “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.’

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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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Who did the Duchess pick to go on the cover?

The cover features a number of women who the Duchess considers to be 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 caption read. “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 range from boxers and actresses to the prime minister of New Zealand.

“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 organizations and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better.”

Why did Markle chose other women and not herself for the cover?

Markle had a hand in choosing all of the women for the cover.

“As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege,” British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief, Edward Enninful, said of Markle’s choices in a statement.

Upon seeing the issue, many people wondered why the Duchess, herself, was not on the cover.

“From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not,” he continued. “In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a ‘boastful’ thing to do for this particular project. She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires.

Why was Markle asked to guest edit?

As anyone in fashion knows, the September issue of Vogue is the most-read edition of the magazine. No one has ever been asked to guest edit British Vogue’s September issue.

“To have the country’s most influential beacon of change guest edit British Vogue at this time has been an honour, a pleasure and a wonderful surprise,” said Enninful.

The process certainly wasn’t easy. Markle had to work on this project through the end of her pregnancy and her first few weeks as a mother. But, nonetheless, it was something that she enjoyed doing.

“Guest Editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring,” the Duchess said on Instagram. “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.”