Meghan Markle can’t catch a break when it comes to the British press.
Time and time again they choose to knock down the Duchess of Sussex, but they should be celebrating her!
Especially today… because she just announced something extremely monumental.
Maybe to some its no biggie, but trust us — it is!
Meghan just made history by not only being the first member of the Royal family to ever guest-edit fashion bible British Vogue but for being the first person to ever help edit the September issue.
The September issue is known for being the most significant due to its fall/winter fashion previews.
However, Meghan stayed true to her character and utilized the issue for more than just its fashion-forward conversations and took the chance to discuss something a bit more meaningful, titling the issue “Forces for Change”.
And instead of taking the once in a lifetime opportunity to cover the magazine herself, she gave up the spot to 15 “brilliant female changemakers.”
She insisted that she didn’t want to be the center of attention, she wanted the spotlight to be on “the women she admires,” explained British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful.
Her only strict request was that photographer Peter Lindbergh not edit out the freckles in the photos, because one of Meghan’s biggest pet peeves is when photographers cover up her freckles.
Enninful completely agreed, saying it would allow us to see “beauty in real people, in real situations.”
In the issue, the former actress interviewed former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, who shared her motherly advice over chicken tacos, while Prince Harry spoke with chimpanzee and wildlife expert Dr. Jane Goodall.
The Duchess spent seven whole months working in secret, as explained on the Duke and Duchess’ official joint Instagram account, to “create an issue of inclusivity and inspiration, focusing on what connects us rather than what divides us.”
The collaged cover features 15 women: Women’s rights advocate Salma Hayek Pinault, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, LGBTQIA+ advocate Laverne Cox, youth voting activist Yara Shahidi, and climate activist Greta Thunberg among others.
But one spot on the cover was left blank, which was done so that readers could use it as a mirror and reflect their faces onto the cover.
How cute is that?!
Well, a lot of grumpy people weren’t here for it.
One Twitter user wrote, “Why isn’t HM The Queen included on the cover of September’s Vogue, @RoyalFamily?”
“Her Majesty is the perfect role model: like many of us she had no choice but to do the job she was given.”
Another upset user chimed in with a similar opinion, calling the cover “pathetic.”
Others wondered why Meghan didn’t include a doctor, nurse, teacher, lawyer, etc.
But the major problem to critics was that she skipped out on meeting with President Donald Trump during his recent visit due to her maternity leave but was willing to devote her time to the magazine and interviews with the former First Lady.
Piers Morgan, of course, had something to say about the Duchess, claiming she is “being about as political as any royal has ever been” and “being a royal means you stay out of politics.”
He also took issue with Meghan’s choice of “radical, liberal” Vogue cover stars and how she excluded “the planet’s entire male population.”
But despite all of her (obviously bored) haters, Meghan is her own person and was politically active long before marrying a prince, and if her Vogue collaboration hasn’t proved to you where her personal interests lie — then off with your head!
“These last seven months have been a rewarding process… to take the year’s most-read fashion issue and steer its focus to the values, causes, and people making an impact in the world today,” Meghan said in a statement released by the Royal family.
“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 with 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,” she said.
The September 2019 Vogue issue hits newsstands (& your devices) August, 2.
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