Meghan Markle guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue in 2019, one of the most popular fashion magazines in the world. She wanted to illustrate that there are many different types of women who are driving change and pushing for a better world by demonstrating kindness, justice, and open-mindedness as one of the many Forces for Change featured on the issue’s cover.
Clearly, the cover shoot would be a significant part of her life. She had specific instructions for the shoot that reflected her vision of beauty.
There were multiple instances when the word “natural” came up during the process of developing the cover for British Vogue. Meghan’s vision was clearly reflected in Peter Lindbergh’s description of what she had in mind for how the magazine would look on the cover.
According to Lindbergh, when he consulted with the Duchess, her instructions were quite clear: “I want to see freckles!” During the course of the shoot, the photographer claims to have discussed the idea of having freckles with Meghan in the morning of the shoot. He said, “Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles.”
The photographer explained that he usually prefers to photograph women in this way so that they can show off their natural beauty.
As part of Meghan’s cover selection, she chose 15 people from around the world who are all activists or pioneers in their respective industries.
According to what she wrote on her SussexRoyal Instagram page, “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.”