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.

Rihanna Covers British Vogue's September 2018 Fall Fashion, Lensed By Nick Knight

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Rihanna covers the September 2018 issue of British Vogue, captured by fashion photographer Nick Knight. Vogue UK editor-in-chief Edward Enninful chooses a Prada dress and gloves and Savage X Fency lace bodysuit. Rihanna is the first black women to cover the blockbuster September issue of British Vogue in its 102-year history. / Makeup by Ismaya Ffrench; hair by Yusef Williams

Speaking about the new issue, Enninful writes (paragraphs out of order):

“I always knew it had to be Rihanna,” editor-in-chief Edward Enninful wrote in his monthly editor’s letter. “A fearless music-industry icon and businesswoman, when it comes to that potent mix of fashion and celebrity, nobody does it quite like her. No matter how haute the styling goes, or experimental the mood, you never lose her in the imagery.”

So here it is, Vogue’s big fashion special, our definitive 400-page guide to everything you’ll want to buy, wear, admire and be inspired by as a new season dawns. As you know, September issues are important in the fashion world, our largest and most lavish of the year and a real statement about what the coming months will bring. With this one being my first as editor-in-chief, I was determined it would be something special.

On top of providing an indispensable guide to the clothes and trends that will define autumn 2018, I wanted these pages to act as a marker for everything that is exciting and varied about the times we live in. Essentially, we are taking you on a journey – from our offices in central London, where I invited Bajan superstar Rihanna earlier this summer to talk diva-dom and diversity, to Royal Lodge in Windsor, where Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie welcomed Vogue into the heart of the Royal family.

As We 'March for Our Lives' Edward Enninful Covers British Vogue May 2018 With A Different Fashion Army

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Vogue UK editor-in-chief Edward Enninful shares his thoughts about the 9 trailblazing models who cover the May 2017 issue. Whether you like it or not, Enninful hopes that the cover shot by long-time collaborator Craig McDean "defines everything we stand for as a magazine in 2018".

It's diverse in all ways: "race, size, socio-economic background, religion, sexuality". That's the statement with this cover. You can call it fashion light, a bland sandwich, or a 2018 vision of Mao's army -- one not looking at all like Olivier Rousteing's Balmain army. 

For an American, the timing is interesting because it comes against the backdrop of Florida's Parkland school shooting and last weekend's 'March for Our Lives' in DC and across America. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have a lot on their minds and it's not fashion's current "it" bag.

The soul and spirit expressed by the Parkland students has something in common with two of Enninful's new cover girls: Halima Aden and Adut Akech, born in the same refugee camp in Kenya. Enninful writes that they are now standing at the top of their profession, an assertion that is rushing things a bit. Still, let that sink in. Two of these global beauties were born in the same refugee camp. The Parkland students -- who just six weeks ago were diving under their desks as a former student decimated the ground beneath their feet with an automatic assault rifle -- can relate to the reality of Halima and Adut. Not word for word. They have not laid their heads down to sleep in a refugee camp. But their world views encompasses peers who have.

Edward Enninful is asking us to view his British Vogue cover through this lens, adding Radhika Nair, Yoon Young Bae, Faretta, Fran Summers, Vittoria Ceretti, Paloma Elsesser and Selena Forrest to his May 2018 cover. 

About his style palette, Enninful writes: "I just wanted them to feel empowered, so chose a careful palette of khakis, blacks and creams so they’d feel ready for anything. Strong, powerful and poised for exciting futures. Three cheers for that."

These girls make Enninful feel that anything is possible. Funny, that's how the students of  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School made me feel last weekend when I cried and cried and cried, watching them with joy and sorrow simultaneously. 

As Donald Trump and America's right wing battle against social justice and diversity, can our left-wing flank strike back? Through this lens, how does fashion matter? Enninful is probing the same question. Enuf said. ~ Anne 

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