UK Smart Works Helps Women Re-enter Workforce With 'Pay It Forward' Writes Meghan Markle

UK Smart Works Helps Women Re-enter Workforce With 'Pay It Forward' Writes Meghan Markle

In 2019 Meghan Markle visited one of her patronages Smart Works, the London-based organization devoted to helping long-term unemployed and vulnerable women re-enter the workforce. The project includes help for the women in dressing for their best job interviews.

Smart Works is back in the news, short-listed for the “Charity Of The Year” honor by the U.K.’s Third Sector Awards. Kate Stephens, the CEO of Smart Works, made the announcement as the Meghan-edited, September 2019 issue of British Vogue hit the streets of London on Friday.

The Duchess of Sussex added to the Smart Works spotlight with British Vogue news that Markle will be collaborating on a capsule clothing collection that will benefit Smart Works.

THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX HELPS PATSY WARDALLY AT SMART WORKS ON JANUARY 10, 2019.

THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX HELPS PATSY WARDALLY AT SMART WORKS ON JANUARY 10, 2019.

Baby Archie’s mom detailed that the project will be launched with Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, Jigsaw and her good friend Misha Nonoo as a 'one-for-one' system: “For each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to charity,” the 37 year-old wrote in the magazine. Nonoo is a close friend of the Duchess of Sussex and currently has a popup-shop open in London.

In her British Vogue article, Meghan explains that Smart Works is about far more than a woman going through her closet and donating unneeded clothes. “It’s about looking at that special item you’re holding on to – the memory of that suit or dress that helped you achieve your dream job – and wanting to pay it forward. Not a hand-me-down, but rather a hand being held.”

Those donated clothes make it to a Smart Works centre, where clients receive an interview outfit as a result of a session with a stylist. Next, volunteer coaches ready women for their upcoming interview. Once they score their dream job, they come back for a second outfit, to see them through until their first pay cheque. It’s the enthusiasm of the volunteers, the earnestness of the staff and, most of all, the blushing, bashful and beautiful smile that crosses a client’s face when she sees herself in the mirror, that I have found so profoundly compelling. Because in that moment, she feels special and emboldened.

Markle acknowledges that it can be difficult for the client women to sort through all the Smart Works clothes and pull together their best looks, even though every woman has an assist from the Smart Works representative. The Duchess’ vision of a Smart Works capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe germinated from this challenge.

SEARCHING FOR A GREAT PURSE FOR A CLIENT": THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX ON A PRIVATE VISIT TO SMART WORKS. CREDIT: @SUSSEXROYAL

SEARCHING FOR A GREAT PURSE FOR A CLIENT": THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX ON A PRIVATE VISIT TO SMART WORKS. CREDIT: @SUSSEXROYAL


British Vogue's September 2019 Issue Shares 'Forces for Change' Cover By Peter Lindbergh

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex guest edits British Vogue’s September 2019 issue, considered the most important issue of the year. Editor-in-chief-Edward Enninful invited Meghan to appear on the cover, but she declined, saying it would be considered “boastful”. With minions clamoring to criticize the Duchess at every turn in the road, declining was absolutely the correct decision.

Instead, the September 2019 British Vogue cover features 15 women who are “trailblazing changemakers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers”, according to a statement issued by Buckingham Palace.

The female ensemble of “trailblazing changemakers” includes activist actor Jane Fonda, climate change advocate, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and supermodel now maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns.

Markle has worked on the project for seven months, connecting with Michelle Obama and persuading her husband Prince Harry to join the dialogue with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall.

Rounding out the list are Adwoa Aboah, mental health campaigner and model; Adut Akech, Model and former refugee (although she says she will always be a refugee); Ramla Ali, boxer; Sinead Burke, diversity advocate and lecturer; Gemma Chan, campaigner and actor; Laverne Cox, LGBTQIA+ advocate and actor; Salma Hayek Pinault, actor, producer and women’s rights advocate; Francesca Hayward, royal ballet principal dancer; Jameela Jamil, body positivity advocate and actor; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author and feminist; and Yara Shahidi, founder of Eighteen x 18 and actor (and adored by Michelle Obama).

Meghan said: “These last seven months have been a rewarding process, curating and collaborating with Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, to take the year’s most-read fashion issue and steer its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today.

“Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the 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.

“I hope readers feel as inspired as I do by the forces for change they’ll find within these pages.”

"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 September 2019 issue hits newsstands on Friday, August 2.

The cover is photographed by Peter Lindbergh — his first British Vogue cover since September 1992. Many of the women were photographed via video links.

The 16th spot on the cover will appear in print as a silver reflective mirror, to show how you, the reader, are part of this extraordinary moment in time – and to encourage you to use your own platform to bring change.

The Duchess will introduce Forces for Change in her own words in her guest editor’s letter, in addition to her interview with America’s former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Meghan's Dear Friend Misha Nonoo Opens London Pop-Up At 70-72 Marylebone Lane

Meghan's Dear Friend Misha Nonoo Opens London Pop-Up At 70-72 Marylebone Lane

New York-based Nonoo, who is rumored to be the matchmaker between Harry and Meghan, is now in London, ensconced in her first pop-up space in at 70-72 Marylebone Lane.

Markle and Nonoo are joined at the hip on the topic of sustainability. The designer, who plans another pop-up in New York during September, will open a permanent location in either London or New York next year.

Meghan + Harry Introduce Baby Sussex To The World In Charming, Sensitive Interview + Photo Op

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Meghan + Harry Introduce Baby Sussex To The World In Charming, Sensitive Interview + Photo Op

Baby Sussex was introduced to the world today, lovingly cradled not by his mom Duchess Meghan but by his adoring father Prince Harry. This daddy pose actually doesn’t break new ground, as Prince Charles held Prince Williams in an official photo shortly after his birth. We all know that Prince Harry will break new norms in parenting, but it’s important to keep the facts straight.

The beaming couple touched two themes strongly. First, their own adoration of each other sends hopeful joy into the universe. Meghan’s affectionate body language was on full display, cementing the threesome in unity. Some have charactericized this gesture as deference and insecurity on Meghan’s part. AOC sees it as a sign of female confidence and directed, female power, so go figure.

Bazaar.com Bats Down Rumour That Harry and Meghan Will Be Moving Abroad

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Bazaar.com Bats Down Rumour That Harry and Meghan Will Be Moving Abroad

People so love conflict, especially spreading stories about the royal feud. Most recently, we had Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan being shipped somewhere away from Britain for a long period — perhaps three years — due to their extreme popularity.

Harper’s Bazaar begs to differ. “Britain is their home and where they want to raise their family,” says a friend of the couple. “If they are to work abroad it would be a short stint.”

Meghan Markle Joins Queen's Commonwealth Trust Panel For International Women's Day

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Meghan Markle Joins Queen's Commonwealth Trust Panel For International Women's Day

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle will take part in a March 8th International Women’s Day panel discussion at King’s College in London hosted by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

Meghan will be joined by musician Annie Lennox, founder of The Circle NGO, top model Adwoa Aboah, founder of Gurls Talk, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Chair of GIWLkings, Chrisann Jarrett, founder of Let Us Learn and Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director of Camfed.

Kensington Palace confirmed the news on Twitter, writing that the event 'will bring together a special panel of female thought-leaders and activists to discuss a range of issues affecting women today.’

According to the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust website, the audience will include students, opinion formers and young leaders and discussion points will include, ‘The importance of International Women’s Day, and the spotlight it can bring to obstacles which still affect female empowerment across the world, including access to education and limitations within employment.’