Edward Enninful says co-editing Duchess Meghan’s British Vogue September 2019 issue was “a wonderful surprise”
The 37-year-old royal – who was known as Meghan Markle before she married Prince Harry in May 2018 – has teamed up with the iconic fashion bible’s editor-in-chief to produce the prestigious fall issue, which has been titled ‘Forces for Change’, and focuses on the “values, causes and people making impact in the world today”.
Instead of featuring herself, the Duchess of Sussex chose 15 inspirational women for the cover, including Adwoa Aboah, Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek and Jameela Jamil, and Edward insisted it was an “honour” to collaborate with the UK’s “most influential beacon of change”.
He said: “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.”
Within the pages is an interview with Meghan conducted by her friend, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and a “candid” chat with her husband, the Duke of Sussex – with whom Meghan has a two-month-old son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor – and Dr. Jane Goodall
The cover has also been specially designed so that when it’s held up to the face, readers can see their own face reflected in the 16th box, to be made to feel a part of the “collective”, and the fashion mogul admitted that the royal decided not to be on the front page because she didn’t want to be “boastful”.
Speaking in the magazine, he said: “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.
“From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not. 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.”
Meanwhile Meghan’s ‘Forces for Change’ was inspired by Anais Nin’s novel The Four-Chambered Heart
When she started thinking about what she wanted to achieve with the opportunity Edward presented her with, a memorable quote from the French writer’s 1950 autobiographical novel – which is inspired by Nin’s relationship with the Peruvian radical Gonzalo More and his wife Helba – kept coming into Meghan’s mind.
In her guest-editor letter in Vogue, the Duchess of Sussex wrote: “For this issue, I imagined, why would we swim in the shallow end of the pool when we could go to the deep end? A metaphor for life, as well as for this issue. Let’s be braver. Let’s go a bit deeper. That’s what Edward and I have aimed to achieve.”
Her Royal Highness spent the last seven months secretly working on the approaching edition of the fashion magazine.
A statement on the official Sussex Royal Instagram, on Monday 29 July, saw Meghan describe the process as “rewarding, educational and inspiring”
The former actress said: “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.”
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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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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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