Duchess Meghan didn’t put herself on the cover of British Vogue with 15 other women being touted as “Forces for Change” for the publication’s September issue, saying it would have been a “boastful thing to do.” But perhaps she should be boasting about her achievements and the change she is helping create!
In the pages of the issue, she also announced she and fashion designer friend Misha Nonoo have teamed up to create a capsule collection of women’s workwear, which will hit UK stores in September. Every item sold will benefit Smart Works, one of her patronages, which helps support women who are trying to find employment.
“When you walk into a Smart Works space, you’re met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes,” Meghan wrote in British Vogue. “Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colours, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes.”
Seeing this could be a barrier to finding employment, Meghan reached out to Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and Misha, and asked if they would be willing to help her design clothing that had “more classic options for a workwear wardrobe.”
Meghan wrote that many of the brands she approached also committed to donating one item to Smart Works every time a consumer buys something from the line.
“Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together,” the duchess wrote.
She also called Smart works “a network of women supporting and empowering other women in their professional pursuits.”
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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
In addition to providing an outfit for women who are seeking employment, Smart Works also helps them prepare for interviews. Once they secure a job, they get five other clothing items to ensure they start the new gig off on the right foot.
Duchess Meghan’s issue of British Vogue features 15 women dubbed “Forces for Change” on its cover, including the likes of Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox, Salma Hayek, model Adwoa Aboah, diversity advocate Sinéad Burke, The Good Place star Jameela Jamil, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan, Grown-ish and Black-ish star Yara Shahidi and teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg.