Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex’s ‘Forces for Change’ list for British Vogue cover has featured Nigerian-born author, Chimamanda Adichie, for the September issue.
After spending seven months with Edward Enninful, British Vogue Editor-in-chief, working on the list, Markle picked Adichie among the 15 women she believed to be great advocates of change.
According to a statement by Markle, her desire for the choice was to ensure the focus of the September issue is on“the values, causes and people making an impact in the world today,” adding that “Through this lens, I hope youll 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 within the issue to help bring this to light.”
Markle concluded that, “I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the Forces for Change theyll find within these pages.”
Disclosing why he had chosen the Duchess of Sussex to guest-edit the September issue of British vogue, Enninful said: “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.
“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.”
One of the world’s bestselling authors, Adichie, has been celebrated in various forums, including American universities, where she had been awarded honorary doctorate degrees for her towering literary texts.
Some of her which include: “Americanah,” “The Thing Around Your Neck,” “Half of the Yellow Sun,” “We Should All Be Feminits,” and a host of others.
Other famous personalities also featured on the list were: Jacinda Arden, New Zealand Prime Minister; Ramla Ali, a boxer; Greta Thunberg, teenage climate change campaigner; and Salma Hayek Pinault, actress and womens rights advocate.