- Publish Date
- Monday, 29 July 2019, 2:05PM
New Zealand's very own Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is set to grace the cover of the September issue of British Vogue alongside many other empowering women - and it's all thanks to Meghan Markle!
Jacinda's image features alongside the likes of Salma Hayek, Jameela Jamil, Lavern Cox, Jane Fonda and many more for the 'Forces for Change' cover.
The women chosen for the magazine's cover were handpicked by the Duchess of Sussex during her time as guest editor.
According to The Telegraph, Ardern showed "real empathy" for Markle when she visited New Zealand last October, shortly after the announcement of her pregnancy.
Taking to Instagram, Meghan Markle revealed that she found the experience of guest editing "rewarding, educational and inspiring."
"Guest Editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring," the Duchess said in a personal statement. "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."
Going in-depth about the British Vogue issue, the royal's official Instagram account also shared: "We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of British Vogue. 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."