Meghan Markle Won a Major Diversity Award for Her "Forces for Change" Issue of British Vogue

Meghan Markle's "Forces for Change" issue of British Vogue was awarded "Diversity Initiative of the Year" at the PPA Awards Tuesday.

london, united kingdom march 09 embargoed for publication in uk newspapers until 24 hours after create date and time meghan, duchess of sussex attends the commonwealth day service 2020 at westminster abbey on march 9, 2020 in london, england the commonwealth represents 24 billion people and 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals photo by max mumbyindigogetty images
(Image credit: Karwai Tang)
  • Meghan Markle's "Forces for Change" issue of British Vogue was awarded "Diversity Initiative of the Year" at the PPA Awards Tuesday.
  • The Duchess of Sussex chose changemakers including Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Laverne Cox, Greta Thunberg, Yara Shahidi, Sinéad Burke, Jane Fonda, Jameela Jamil, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to appear in the issue and on the cover.
  • "I hope readers feel as inspired as I do by the ‘Forces for Change’ they’ll find within these pages," Meghan wrote at the time.

Meghan Markle's got cause for celebration! The September 2019 issue of British Vogue she guest-edited, titled "Forces for Change," just won a major award. The PPA (Professional Publishers Association) awarded the issue Diversity Initiative of the Year, British Vogue editor Edward Enninful—who won Consumer Editor of the Year—revealed on Instagram.

The Duchess of Sussex chose a series of change-making woman to appear in the "Forces for Change" issue, including Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, Laverne Cox, Greta Thunberg, Yara Shahidi, Sinéad Burke, Jane Fonda, Jameela Jamil, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A post on the official @SussexRoyal Instagram account explained, "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."

In a British Vogue article announcing her guest editorship, Meghan wrote, "Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light. I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the ‘Forces for Change’ they’ll find within these pages."

For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter.

subscribe here

RELATED STORIES