Inside Meghan Markle's Personal Relationships with the 15 Women Selected for Her Vogue Cover

Meghan Markle not only hand-selected some of the women to be on the cover of Vogue magazine, but she's met with several of them herself. See the connection the Duchess has to these amazing role models. 

The Duchess of Sussex is being praised for making her Vogue debut as the magazine's first-ever editor-in-chief. The upcoming September issue, entitled "Forces for Change," won't focus on Markle herself, however. 

Instead, the 37-year-old mother-of-one wanted to put the spotlight on the 15 women that graced the magazine cover. She also chose to include a reflective blank spot meant to inspire the reader to make a change as well. 

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We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of @BritishVogue. For the past seven months, The Duchess has curated the content with British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create an issue that highlights the power of the collective. They have named the issue: “Forces 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 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. The women on the cover include: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington We are excited to announce that within the issue you’ll find: an exclusive interview between The Duchess and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, a candid conversation between The Duke of Sussex and Dr Jane Goodall, inspirational articles written by Brené Brown, Jameela Jamil and many others. Equally, you’ll find grassroots organisations and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better. • “Guest Editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring. To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created. A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover. Thank you for saying “Yes!” - and to Edward, thank you for this wonderful opportunity.” - The Duchess of Sussex #ForcesForChange

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In her introduction for the magazine, Markle spoke of the women as a "collective."  "Some, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and enlisted personally for this issue, others I’ve admired from afar for their commitment to a cause, their fearlessness in breaking barriers, or what they represent simply by being," she said. 

Among what the royal described as the "diverse selection of women" chosen for the cover, she most recently she sat down with model Adwoa Aboah, 27, at a panel in King's College London on International Women's Day, reported People magazine.

Aboah is the founder of the Gurls Talk platform and campaigns for mental health as well as free sanitary items to be given to schoolchildren. Another model on the cover, Adut Akech, works with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. 

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To watch the full #ForcesForChange video for the September Issue of @BritishVogue, guest edited by The Duchess of Sussex, please visit our IGTV. Her Royal Highness 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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In January, the duchess had a private meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the youngest female leader at 39 years old.

The two originally met in New Zealand last year when Prince Harry and Markle were on tour. They shared activities with Ardern. 

Last December, Markle took note of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie during a London event in which Adichie sat down with former First Lady Michelle Obama. Her book, "Why We Should All Be Feminists," was published back in 2014. 

Sinead Burke is another one who's Markle already come into contact with, having met the disability activist during a visit Markle took with Harry to Ireland on July 2018. Burke, who is Irish, is a diversity advocate and lecturer.

Markle has not yet met Jameela Jamil as far as we know, but the royal followed "The Good Place" actress' campaign, "I Weigh" on Instagram recently. Jamil publicly decries body-shaming and airbrushing. 

In addition, actresses Jane Fonda, Gemma Chan, and Salma Hayek Pinault also made the cover. Laverne Cox, an actress and transgender advocate who is the first to receive an Emmy nomination, appears on the issue as well. 

To close off, British ballerina Francesca Hayward, boxer Ramla Ali, American activist Yara Shahidi, climate change activist Greta Thunberg, and American model Christy Turlington Burns all had spots on the Vogue cover.

Markle was also lucky enough to do an interview with Former First Lady Michelle Obama, who gave her parenting advice. A talk between Prince Harry and Dr. Jane Goodall is also included in what is typically the magazine's most popular issue of the year. 

In her Instagram post describing the issue, Markle called the women "incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better." Vogue's September issue will be available in print and digital download on August 2.

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