Behold Meghan Markle's "Forces for Change," a historic British Vogue September issue that features interviews with Michelle Obama and other 14 leading women.
It's finally here. The most awaited edition of British Vogue magazine, co-edited by Meghan Markle and Edward Enninful, and featuring 15 women, is here. In other words, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, member of the British Royal Family, is making history by co-editing a mainstream magazine, for which she has chosen 15 women who are themselves making history.
Inside you'll find interviews with: former First Lady Michelle Obama; New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern; author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; sixteen-year-old climate campaigner Greta Thunberg; boxer Ramla Ali; refugee and model Adut Akech; health campaigner Jameela Jamil; trans actor Laverne Cox; and Jane Fonda, a Hollywood great and human rights activist. This issue strikes at first for featuring migrants, artists, politicians, many of which are people of color, and for a decidedly progressive inclination.Meghan could have put herself on the cover, but according to Enninful, “She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires." There is a 16th slot on the cover which seems like an empty space, but it's actually mirror, intended to show how any one woman could make history at any given time, therefore providing inspiration, as it encourages all women to stand up for their own beliefs.Unsurprisingly, the issue has garnered criticism about whether or not Markle, as a member of the British royal family, should intervene or even delve into a social and somewhat political terrain. This logic is not just naive: at best, it's incredibly ignorant (Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, guest edited the Huffington Post UK; Prince Charles guest edited Country Life; and Prince Harry guest edited the Today program). At worst, it's racist and vicious. As the only person of color in the royal family, Markle is being specifically targeted, but the September issue and its overt politics are an antidote to conservative views, offering a space for issues, such as climate change, trans rights, gun control, and feminism.
Markle introduces her issue by stating: "In formulating the content of the 'Forces for Change' issue, I knew that I wanted to create a magazine that would speak not just to where we are, but to where we hope to be." And that's what we can expect from this historic issue.
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