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

Iconic photographer Peter Lindbergh photographs the cover of British Vogue’s September 2019 issue, guest edited by Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.

Iconic photographer Peter Lindbergh photographs the cover of British Vogue’s September 2019 issue, guest edited by Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.

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 turned down the offer to feature on the issue cover, preferring to focus on the women she admires, British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, said. Photograph by Peter Lindbergh.

Meghan turned down the offer to feature on the issue cover, preferring to focus on the women she admires, British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, said. Photograph by Peter Lindbergh.

Adwoa Aboah Named One Of 10 Next Generation Leaders By TIME Magazine

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Activist and model Adwoa Aboah is one of 10 rising activists, artists and athletes covering TIME Magazine as Next Generation Leaders, just another major achievement for a hard-working young woman with plenty of talent, a strong individualist bent, and a commitment to women and girls worldwide.

Growing up in London, Aboah, whose father is Ghanian, says she thought the fashion industry “had no room” for girls like her. Now she’s redefining what’s in vogue. “I put so many limitations on myself,” Adwoa says. “Now I set absolutely no boundaries.”  Reality is that Aboah was right about the fashion industry, but today she is a leader in change so pervasive, that I can't imagine turning back the clock to fashion models being primarily a white girls club. Of course, I never believed America would elect Donald Trump president either, so what do I know!!!

AOC has narrated Aboah's personal history multiple times. What we love the most about her is her activism and fierce feminism. TIME writes:

For Aboah, activism is more than a trend. “Before I even decided that I wanted to model, I decided that I would take on the responsibility of activism” she says. In a speech at the start of London Fashion Week in February, Aboah spoke out against sexual harassment and exploitation in the fashion industry. She called upon fashion insiders to “help change the system that has allowed such rampant abuse of power.” Speaking to TIME, Aboah—who has never been a victim herself—added: “If we can keep constant pressure, all of those monsters will be pushed out”

Adwoa shares a strong sense of the connectedness among women; one so pervasive that she sees parts of them as creating her own identity. Her arms are decorated with delicate tattoos, tiny letters spell ‘Gurl’ on the back of her right palm and ‘Power’ on her left. A line from African-American poet Nayyirah Waheed, ‘All the women. In me. Are tired,’ is drawn across both her wrists. “I’m made up of so many women…my mom—a woman who’s helped me through this journey, the girls I meet through Gurls Talk, and all the wonderful people that come into my life” she says. “I take parts of them and that’s what I’m made up of.”

This bright light of a woman plans to bring Gurls Talk to Ghana, her father's original home and site of her recent Burberry campaign.  Gurls Talk is an online organization created to promote mental health awareness for young teens and women, based on the feelings, experiences, and learnings that Adwoa acquired during a painful and almost deadly part of her early life as a model. And like every smart model today, the Brit hopes to break into acting. 

We share recent posts about Adwoa Aboah and then a master link to her archives at AOC.

Adwoa Aboah Archives @ AOC

Cara Delevingne Wears Dior Confessional Dress & Purple Hair For Suffering, Royalty & Resurrection To Met Gala

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The always relevant Cara Delevigne made bold beauty and gown choices for Monday night's Manhattan Met Gala's 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination'.  Allure notes that the actor and model's purple hair color is very relevant in the context of Catholicism. 

According to Delevingne's hair stylist Mara Foszak,  "violet is a symbolic color for Catholics; it's associated with mourning, the suffering of the crucifixion, royalty, and Christ's resurrection and sovereignty,"

Delevigne's Dior gown and headpiece by Marianna Harutunian made another bold statement tied to Catholicism -- the confessional. Any Catholic girl recognizes the pattern, bringing back a memory of the time I had to recite an entire rosary as penance. I can't remember at all what I did, but the place was most certainly St. Genevieve's Catholic Church in Lake Benton. A few years later, Father Ben sided with my sexual attacker, refusing to believe the details of my assault in his own house, while his daughter slept next to me.

It's amazing the memories that can be triggered by a high fashion evening! Father Ben not only refused to believe me, siding with my attacker who was also his drinking buddy, but he then denied me communion in a crushing blow to my devout religious mind at the time.

I would love to hear Cara Delevigne talk about confession. 

Cara was at the Met Gala bash with friend, fellow British model Adwoa Aboah, who rocked the event with super short hair, dyed a neon green color, also by Mara Roszak. Both women wore totally individualistic looks, but boy did they look good together. 

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