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.

Salma Hayek Will Receive Franca Sozzani Award In Venice On Aug. 31 | Hayek Brings 'Monarca' To Netflix

Andrea Morante, Salma Hayek and Franca Sozzani at the Pomellato party during Milan Fashion Week FW 2015 in Milan Italy.

Andrea Morante, Salma Hayek and Franca Sozzani at the Pomellato party during Milan Fashion Week FW 2015 in Milan Italy.

Actor Salma Hayek will be the second recipient of the Franca Sozzani Award, created to recognize women who have exceptional artistic careers and a commitment to social activism.

The Mexican actress and movie producer will receive the award, established by late Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani’s family, on Aug. 31 during the 75th edition of the Venice International Film Festival. The ceremony will take place at Sozzani’s favorite Belmond Hotel Cipriani, a five-star hotel on Venice’s Giudecca island.

“Her example and her teaching live on in a countless number of little everyday actions, which still punctuate life in the firm today,” said Fedele Usai, chief executive officer of Condé Nast Italia, which supports the Franca Sozzani Award. “This tribute to Franca is an opportunity to celebrate a person who was unique and unrepeatable, and who is a constant and challenging benchmark for all of us at Condé Nast.”

Julianne Moore received the first Franca Sozzani Award in September 2017. 

Deadline Hollywood reports that Netflix has ordered 'Monarca', an original drama series from Mexico produced by Salma Hayek's Ventanarosa Productions and colleagues. 

“I’m extremely excited to partner with Netflix, and to be working with amazing Mexican talent in front of and behind the camera. We are proud to show Mexico as a vibrant, sophisticated and culturally rich nation, fighting to control its own destiny,” said Hayek about the 'Monarca' debut in fall 2019. 

Ventanarosa produced 'Frida', which earned Hayek nominations for an Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA. For more about the deal, read Deadline Hollywood

Salma Hayek is a founding member of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, created not only to help Hollywood stars crippled by sexual harassment but working class women across America. 

Mariane Pearl Takes CHIME FOR CHANGE'S Women's Bylines Project To Kering Offices In Paris

Mariane Pearl leads storytelling workshop for Women's Bylines at Kering offices in Paris, July 2017

Mariane Pearl leads storytelling workshop for Women's Bylines at Kering offices in Paris, July 2017

Celebrities can help a cause, and especially in the case of women's issues globally, women like Beyoncé and Salma Hayek Pinault make a difference. Their organization  CHIME FOR CHANGE is a global campaign whose mission is to unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for women and girls all over the world. Many remember CFC's epic fundraising concert in 2013, where stars like Jennifer Lopez and John Legend joined Queen Bey to raise millions of pounds for the cause.

Women Bylines, a CHIME FOR CHANGE project dedicated to bringing marginalized women's voices to the forefront, followed in 2015 and continues today. CHIME FOR CHANGE launched its first Women Bylines event in 2015, traveling to Erbil, Iraq. There esteemed journalist, activist and Bylines project lead Mariane Pearl -- widow of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who was beheaded by Taliban militants in Pakistan -- conducted a storytelling workshop for Yazidi and Christian refugees who had fled ISIS. This video is a project of the Yazidi workshop. 

In July 2017, Women Bylines traveled to Paris, where Mariane Pearl joined 12 French women writers at the offices of Kering -- parent company of luxury brands including Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron and more.

Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault is married to Salma Hayek since 2009. In 2008 Pinault created the Kering Foundation to defend and promote women's rights, ignoring advice that an involvement in such complex issues as women's rights was on 'on brand' for Kering's business portfolio. This view is even more common in America, where except for safe, health-related philanthropy like heart disease or breast cancer, luxury brands avoid any political connections that could draw their brands into controversy. Alas, supporting women's rights is heresy for American brands due to the undeniable connection between women's empowerment and birth control. 

We will revisit Mariane Pearl and her Paris workshop shortly. Note, that in the complexity of Anne of Carversville's commitment to telling women's stories from fashion to flogging, Mariane Pearl is a very close friend of Angelina Jolie. It was Jolie's 2007 Esquire reflections about the beheading of Daniel Pearl and her relationship with Mariane Pearl that launched Anne of Carversville in 2007.