British Vogue edition bears hallmarks of guest editor Meghan
From an interview with activist Bianca Jagger to a feature on female bakers, British Vogue bears all the hallmarks of guest editor the Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan’s interests in a healthy lifestyle, empowering women and sustainable fashion appear to have inspired her choice of articles commissioned for the magazine.
Jagger founded her human rights foundation to tackle issues like climate change and ending violence against women and took part in the style bible’s question and answer feature.
Asked how she established her credibility when people doubted her, she replied: “By being a witness. I went to Honduras in 1981 to document the Salvadoran death squads that were kidnapping refugees.
“They pointed their M16s and we screamed they’d have to kill us all – and they let the refugees go.”
Eco-friendly fashion is featured, including Veja trainers – made from fairtrade sustainably tapped rubber soles and recycled uppers, and worn by Meghan in Australia – alongside organic cotton jeans from Outland Denim which the duchess also wore.
Actor and activist Jane Fonda, who is one of 15 cover stars of the magazine, was quizzed about her political life and said: “When I was coming up in the system and you thought about movie stars campaigning, you thought about the Hollywood 10 during the McCarthy era.
“So of course, it’s wonderful that things have changed. People say ‘oh God, they’re just actors, they should keep their mouths shut’, but the fact is we’re criticised so much because we can be effective.”
The “new collective mindset” of fashion figures trying to overcome their industry’s reputation of being frosty is examined in another feature.
A “personal favourite” verse titled A Note From The Beach, by Matt Haig, is included by Meghan, written from the perspective of the beach telling a sunbather it does not care about their body.
An article titled Leaders and Proteges showcases a number of women including Baroness Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, alongside architect Stephanie Edwards.
Ms Edwards was awarded the Stephen Lawrence bursary to study at the Architectural Association, and Baroness Lawrence said: “Watching her graduate as an architect nine years ago was a highlight for me, but it was a bittersweet moment too.
“You envisage your child walking across the platform collecting their degree, and seeing other students do that can sometimes be difficult.”
Luminary Bakery, a social enterprise in Stoke Newington, north London, which trains women who have been victims of violence and sex trafficking, is another project Meghan wanted in the pages of Vogue.
And for those wanting to escape the stresses of life and learn breathing techniques to help them relax, sessions at an Indonesian spa are highlighted – costing more than £4,000 for seven nights, including flights and meals.