Meghan Markle is the guest editor for the September issue of British Vogue, and actress Salma Hayek says that when the Duchess of Sussex called her and asked her to be on the cover, she had to follow specific rules in order to keep the project top secret. Hayek is one of 15 women who will grace the cover of the “Forces of Change” issue which will hit newsstands later this month.
British Vogue originally asked Markle to be on the cover of the September issue, but she suggested instead that she be the guest editor. The Duchess wanted to put her favorite women on the cover who are doing inspirational work for women’s issues, and Hayek was one of her top choices.
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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
According to CNN, Hayek has worked with women’s charities for 25 years, and when she first got the call from Markle she thought the Duchess was possibly interested in joining forces for a specific organization. Instead, it was an invitation for Hayek to join the top-secret photoshoot, and none of the other women knew the project details.
When the ladies gathered in London, Hayek says she couldn’t talk about who they were shooting for or what the project was. Not only was she not allowed to tell the other women, but she couldn’t tell her family or friends.
“I felt very honored when we did this photoshoot. No one else knew what it was for,” Hayek explained. “Only me and the photographer, Peter Lindbergh, knew. And all the girls were getting their picture taken for the cover and they didn’t know that Meghan was how they got there.”
Hayek says she loves the fact that Markle didn’t want to be on the cover, and instead opted to shine a light on the women who inspire her.
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Happy Birthday to #BritishVogue’s September issue guest editor, HRH The Duchess of Sussex. Go to Vogue.co.uk to read a selection of The #DuchessofSussex’s published works for the #ForcesForChange issue, and see the full stories in the September 2019 issue, on newsstands now.
The September issue of British Vogue is the most important issue of the year, as it marks the beginning of the fall/winter fashion season and has the most influence on the industry. It’s essentially a fashion bible, and this is the first time in the magazine’s 103-year history that the magazine has welcomed a guest editor for the September issue.
Markle also reveals in the upcoming issue that she is partnering with her friend – designer Misha Nonoo – to create a women’s workwear line as part of Smart Works, a charity that helps women find employment.
The September Issue of British Vogue is scheduled to be released on August 8th.