Meghan Markle has guest edited the September Issue of British Vogue, choosing to celebrate 15 women who are “trailblazing change-makers, united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers”.
The Duchess, who has been working on the project for the past seven months with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, said she hopes readers feel as inspired by the magazine as she does.
The cover features a mix of campaigning actors, models, a dancer, an author and a prime minister. Here’s what you need to know about them.
The 27-year-old British model is no stranger to a front cover – she starred on the first British Vogue of Enningful’s tenure – but she is also a mental health campaigner through her Gurls Talk platform. Aboah has collaborated with the makers of Barbie, and a doll in her likeness was released for International Women’s Day. She has also supported campaigns calling for an end to period poverty.
The South Sudanese model was born during a journey to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya before emigrating to Australia with her family. She has appeared in campaigns for Fendi, Moschino, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Versace. The 19-year-old works with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in order to promote causes that support refugees around the world.
Born in Mogadishu some time in the early 1990s, the Somali boxer, who moved to the UK as a refugee, does not know exactly how old she is, according to the Guardian. She started boxing as a teenager as is now the current African Zone Featherweight Champion, competing for Somalia in the Women’s World Championships in 2018.
New Zealand’s prime minister became the second elected leader in modern history to give birth while in office, after having her daughter Neve in June 2018. Ardern, 39, was praised internationally for her compassionate handling of the 15 March terror attack in Christchurch, where a gunman killed 51 worshippers at two mosques.