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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.

We knew this association was bound to happen soon. News came days ago that The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is guest-editing the September issue of British Vogue, the most important issue of fashion magazines, making her the issue’s first guest editor in the magazine’s 103-year-old history. Turning down a chance to appear on the Peter Lindbergh-shot cover herself so it wouldn’t look “boastful,” the former Suits actress handpicked fifteen women to share it, among whom is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who, People reports, “caught Meghan’s eye in December, when she attended a discussion between Adichie and former First Lady Michelle Obama in London.”

The issue, themed “Forces for Change,” also has on its cover the world’s youngest female head of government in New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, supermodel Christy Turlington Burns, trans icon and Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox, British-Ghanaian supermodel Adwoa Aboah, rising South Sudanese supermodel Adut Akech, diversity advocate and lecturer Sinead Burke, The Good Place actress and body positivity advocate Jameela Jamil, boxer Ramla Ali, Crazy Rich Asians actress Gemma Chan, actresses Jane Fonda and Salma Hayek Pinault, ballerina and Cats star Francesca Hayward, Grownish actress Yara Shahidi, and teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

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Introducing the September 2019 issue of #BritishVogue, guest-edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @SussexRoyal. Entitled #ForcesForChange, the cover features 15 world-leading women who are reshaping public life for global good, and were personally chosen by The Duchess of Sussex, and British Vogue’s editor-in-chief @Edward_Enninful. The 16th slot – which, in print, appears as a mirror – is intended by The Duchess to show how you are part of this collective moment of change too. Click the link in bio to read about how The #DuchessOfSussex became the first guest editor of the September issue in the magazine’s 103-year history. Photographed in New York, Stockholm, London and Auckland by @TheRealPeterLindbergh, with fashion editors @Edward_Enninful and @TheRealGraceCoddington, hair by @BartPumpkin and @SergeNormant, make-up by @TheValGarland and @Diane.Kendal, nails by @LorraineVGriffin and @YukoTsuchihashi. On newsstands Friday 2 August. Starring: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington

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“Forces for Change,” which will also feature conversations between Markle and Michelle Obama, Prince Harry and the primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, will be on newsstands on 2 August.

It has been quite the journey from Adichie’s first solo feature in the most influential fashion platform in the world back in 2015 to this place on the cover of its September issue. Congratulations to her!

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. He sits on the judging panels of The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships and of The Gerald Kraak Prize. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. He is currently nominated for the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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