• Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has guest edited British Vogue's September Issue. (Getty Images Europe)
The 'Forces for Change' issue brings a super lineup of boss women.
By
Caitlin Chang

29 Jul 2019 - 8:35 AM  UPDATED 29 Jul 2019 - 8:41 AM

There's no doubt that The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has been a trailblazer in the British royal family, so it's only fitting that she guest edits British Vogue's September issue, celebrating "trailblazing female changemakers."

The issue entitled 'Forces for Change', is a departure from the usual fashion focus of Vogue's September issue and instead features 15 women who have re-shaped politics, sport and the arts in a positive way. 

In an announcement issued through the magazine, the Duchess said it had been a rewarding process working with editor in chief Edward Enninful as they took "the year's most-read fashion issue and steer its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today."

It was a passion project for the Duchess, who has been working on the issue for seven months, all while juggling life as a new mum after the birth of son Archie in May. "Through this lens I hope you'll feel the strength of the collective in this diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light," she said.

The issue features a lineup of boss women including Adwoa Aboah, a model and mental health campaigner who appeared on Enninful's first British Vogue cover in 2017, refugee and model Adut Akech, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, actor Jameela Jamil, climate activist Greta Thunberg, activist and actor Jane Fonda, and LGBTIQ+ activist Laverne Cox. And just in case that list wasn't impressive enough, the issue also features an exclusive interview between the Duchess and former First Lady Michelle Obama. 

It's the first time British Vogue has had a co-editor; another bold move from Enninful, who has been celebrated for ushering in an era of diversity at the magazine and featured the first black woman on the magazine's cover with Rihanna on 2018's September issue

Of this issue, Enninful said, "It’s been a real labour of love and I feel very humbled today to be able to finally unveil it to the world."

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