Edward Enninful On Co-Editing The September Issue With HRH The Duchess Of Sussex

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Mariano Vivanco

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 Edward Enninful, of co-editing the magazine’s September 2019 issue with HRH The Duchess of Sussex.

The pair began working together in January, and together have crafted an issue entitled “Forces for Change”. The Duchess chose not to be on the cover herself, deciding instead to highlight an impressive roster of trailblazing female changemakers – from activists to artists, prime ministers to climate change campaigners – who are breaking barriers and setting the agenda across the globe.

Enninful added, of the Duchess: “As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege. From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not. In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a “boastful” thing to do for this particular project. She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires.”

Lindbergh, in London, captures New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in Auckland, via video link.

The cover features 15 women who have effected positive change in the world, photographed by Peter Lindbergh. The cast includes Adwoa Aboah, the mental health campaigner and model; Adut Akech, the former refugee and model; Ramla Ali, the former refugee and boxer; Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand; Sinéad Burke, the diversity advocate and lecturer; Gemma Chan, the campaigner and actor; Laverne Cox, the LGBTQIA+ advocate, actor and producer; Jane Fonda, the campaign and actor; Salma Hayek Pinault, the women’s rights advocate, actor and producer; Francesca Hayward, the Royal Ballet principal dancer; Jameela Jamil, the body positivity advocate and actor; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author; Yara Shahidi, the youth vote activist and actor; Greta Thunberg, the climate change campaigner and student; and Christy Turlington Burns, the maternal health advocate and model.