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Meghan Markle Is A 'Force For Change' As British VOGUE's September 2019 Guest Editor, Receives Motherhood Advice From Michelle Obama

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Meghan Markle is the guest-editor of British VOGUE's newest issue. And she's the first person in the magazine's history to co-edit the September issue. Go inside to see the Royal's labor of love project she completed with editor-in-chief Edward Enniful and highlights from her Michelle Obama interview inside...

 

 
 
 
 
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Introducing the September 2019 issue of #BritishVogue, guest-edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal. Entitled #ForcesForChange, the cover features 15 world-leading women who are reshaping public life for global good, and were personally chosen by The Duchess of Sussex, and British Vogue’s editor-in-chief @Edward_Enninful. The 16th slot – which, in print, appears as a mirror – is intended by The Duchess to show how you are part of this collective moment of change too. Click the link in bio to read about how The #DuchessOfSussex became the first guest editor of the September issue in the magazine’s 103-year history. Photographed in New York, Stockholm, London and Auckland by @TheRealPeterLindbergh, with fashion editors @Edward_Enninful and @TheRealGraceCoddington, hair by @BartPumpkin and @SergeNormant, make-up by @TheValGarland and @Diane.Kendal, nails by @LorraineVGriffin and @YukoTsuchihashi. On newsstands Friday 2 August. Starring: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington

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Meghan Markle is blessing the pages of British VOGUE's prestigious September 2019 issue, but not the way you're thinking. Instead of gracing the cover, the Duchess of Sussex was tapped to co-edit the issue (traditionally the magazine's most important issue of the year) alongside editor-in-chief Edward Enniful (the first black EIC in the magazine's history). And surprisingly, it was kept under wraps until now!

"I am thrilled to reveal the cover of the September 2019 issue of @BritishVogue – and to introduce you to the bold, brilliant and inspirational woman who has guest edited it with me: HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal," EIC Enniful wrote on Instagram.

"For the past few months, the Duchess and I have been working together on this shared passion project: to dedicate British Vogue’s biggest issue of the year to all the remarkable women who are redefining our world for the better. We have called it – and them – our #ForcesForChange," he continued.

Of course, the Duchess put the focus on incredible women trailblazing for betterment of women for the "Forces of Change" issue. The September 2019 cover features 15 women, including a special guest, that were personally selected by Enniful and the Duchess. Some include, Forever First Lady Michelle Obama, "Grown-ish" actress/activist Yara Shahidi, transgender activist/"Orange Is The New Black" star Laverne Cox, Ni­ger­ian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and more. The 16th spot represents a mirror, which suggests the reader as a "force for change."

“For the cover, The Duchess chose a diverse selection of women from all walks of life, each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness,”the Sussex Royal Instagram wrote. "The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective,"

 

 
 
 
 
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A sneak peek of the #ForcesForChange video for the September Issue of @BritishVogue. Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the first Guest Editor for British Vogue’s September Issue and for the last seven months has worked to create an issue of inclusivity and inspiration, focusing on what connects us rather than what divides us. Fifteen women were chosen for the cover including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who generously lent her time to support The Duchess in this important issue. The women first met last autumn during Their Royal Highness’ official tour of New Zealand. Above, PM Ardern says: “One change that I’ve noticed over the course of my career, is just how polarised the world is now. I do think there is a solution to that though, and that’s ultimately us coming back to the humanity that we all share." Thank you PM Ardern for being an amazing force for change. For more details on this special project, please see previous post and stay tuned for more updates throughout the week.

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The Duchess of Sussex declined to be featured on the cover, but she does grace the inside of the issue. She's featured wearing an embellished tweed Gucci dress ($3,975) with a grosgrain ribbon at the neck and a detachable rose brooch.

In a video where the new mom is overseeing the shoot, the fashionista wears a black belted Everland jumpsuit as she works on the shoot's final touches.

Photographer Peter Lindbergh was tapped to capture the women for the cover and he said Meghan had one specific request from him: "My instructions from the duchess were clear: 'I want to see freckles!'" Lindbergh told the magazine. "Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles."

 

"It’s been a real labour of love and I feel very humbled today to be able to finally unveil it to the world," Enniful wrote on Instagram. "Read about how the Duchess became the first guest editor of the September issue in the magazine’s 103-year history and discover the full cover story in the new issue."

 
 
 
 
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“Whatever your background, it’s easy to feel connected to Mrs Obama. There’s something magical about the way in which she draws you in with her endearingly frank, down-to-earth personality.” As First Lady of the United States, @MichelleObama forged a path as the nation’s mother-in-chief – and became a style icon in the process. Now, freed from White House protocol, she’s loosening up, but still dispensing immaculate advice. In a rare interview, she talks motherhood and maturity with #BritishVogue’s guest editor HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal. Read the full piece from the September 2019 issue via the link in bio. #MichelleObama photographed by @MillerMobley.

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The Duchess of Sussex got the chance to interview Forever First Lady Michelle Obama “over a casual lunch of chicken tacos and my ever-burgeoning bump.” FLOTUS she offered up some advice about motherhood to the new mom and more.

“Being a mother has been a masterclass in letting go,” Obama wrote in response to Meghan’s question about what motherhood has taught her. “Try as we might, there’s only so much we can control. And, boy, have I tried — especially at first. As mothers, we just don’t want anything or anyone to hurt our babies. But life has other plans. Bruised knees, bumpy roads and broken hearts are part of the deal.”

She continued, “Motherhood has taught me that, most of the time, my job is to give them the space to explore and develop into the people they want to be. Not who I want them to be or who I wish I was at that age, but who they are, deep inside,” she said. “Motherhood has also taught me that my job is not to bulldoze a path for them in an effort to eliminate all possible adversity. But instead, I need to be a safe and consistent place for them to land when they inevitably fail; and to show them, again and again, how to get up on their own.”

Mrs. O reflected on what it was like for her and former President Barack Obama when Sasha and Malia Obama were infants - the stage Meghan and her husband Prince Harry are at with their 3-month-ol son, Archie.

“When Malia and Sasha were newborns, Barack and I could lose hours just watching them sleep. We loved to listen to the little sounds they’d make — especially the way they cooed when they were deep into dreaming,” she said. “Don’t get me wrong, early parenthood is exhausting. I’m sure you know a thing or two about that these days. But there is something so magical about having a baby in the house. Time expands and contracts; each moment holds its own little eternity.”

“I’m so excited for you and Harry to experience that, Meghan. Savour it all," she concluded.

This is def a different way to kick off the new fashion season, and we're here for it. Style without substance is dead the Duchess makes sure that theme is highlighted throughout the issue. It hits stands August 2nd.

By the way, Rihanna made HERstory as the first black woman to land the cover of British VOGUE's coveted September issue last year.  We see you British VOGUE.

 

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