Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ramla Ali, Adut Akech & Adwoah Aboah Grace the British Vogue September Issue—Guest Edited by Meghan Markle
Instead of gracing the cover herself, the Duchess of Sussex highlights women breaking barriers in the "Forces of Change" issue.
The cover of British Vogue's September issue was revealed Monday featuring 15 women who Duchess Meghan Markle believe are breaking barriers, BBC reports.
The issue, entitled Forces For Change, highlights "trailblazing change makers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers." The Duchess hopes readers would draw as much inspiration from these mavens as much as she has. Spending 7 months working on the issue, Markle wanted to turn the year's most-read fashion issue and "steer its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today."
Spotting some familiar faces, the cover features none other than Ghanaian-British model Adwoah Aboah, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Somali boxer Ramla Ali and South Sudanese model Adut Akech.
Edward Enninful, the Ghanaian-British editor-in-chief of British Vogue adds that Markle is the first person to guest edit what's considered to be the most important issue of the year.
"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," Enninful says in the editor's letter. "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."
Check out the cover and clip below.