Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie features as one of the women considered “forces of change” on the British Vogue September issue alongside 14 others edited by Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, and British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful.
The September issue is considered the year’s most-read and for this special issue, Meghan Markle worked for about seven months with British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to curate and edit ahead. This makes Meghan the first guest editor of the September issue in the magazine’s 103-year history.
The 2019 September issue features 15 women Meghan Markle considers as “Forces for Change”.
According to Enninful, the women featured are those who have made a “laudable impact in recent times, and who are set to reshape society in radical and positive ways in the future”.
Nigerian celebrity writer, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, South Sudanese model Adut Akech, and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden are some of the women featured in this special issue.
Other women featured in this issue are teenage climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, Somali boxer Ramla Ali, actress/women’s rights advocate Salma Hayek Pinault. Francesca Hayward, a mixed-race ballet dancer born in Kenya to a Kenyan mother and an English father, Adwoa Aboah, a mixed-race fashion model born to British nobility and a Ghanaian father, diversity advocate and lecturer Sinead Burke, positivity advocate Jameela Jamil, actress Gemma Chan, actress Jane Fonda, supermodel Christy Turlington Burns, transgender actress Laverne Cox and teen actress Yara Shahidi, are also featured on the cover.
The Duchess of Sussex released a statement in a joint Instagram:
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.
She further said that“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.”
Prior to this great achievement, National Geographic revealed that it will be featuring Chimamanda and other women like Oprah Winfrey, Melinda Gates and more in the National Geographic Magazine Landmark Book titledWOMEN: The National Geographic Image Collectionin the section designated to illuminate trailblazing women from all over the world titled “Portraits of Power”.
From speaking at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world to giving earthshaking TED talks, empowering women all over the world, bagging international awards and representing African trends at international events, Chimamanda Adiche continues to prove that she is not just a novelist. She is a force to be reckoned with, a true force of change.