Edward Enninful continues to catapult British Vogue into a new dimension with each and every issue. In 2019 alone, Enninful has managed to secure Naomi Campbell, Naomi Scott, Kate Moss, Madonna, Zoë Kravitz and Karlie Kloss. And now the title’s all-important September issue is here.
Our forum members have been speculating who would land the coveted September cover. But in a surprising twist, the biggest news isn’t the cover star, but the guest editor. Meghan Markle helped co-edit British Vogue‘s “Forces for Change” issue. Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, a total of 15 women grace the cover: Adut Akech, Gemma Chan, Greta Thunberg, Jameela Jamil, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Adwoa Aboah, Jacinda Ardern, Francesca Hayward, Ramla Ali, Christy Turlington Burns, Salma Hayek, Sinéad Burke, Jane Fonda, Laverne Cox and Yara Shahidi. There’s even a blank mirrored space to reflect our very own faces.
But our forum members won’t be rushing down to the newsstand. “It looks like an Instagram promo post rather than the September cover of Vogue! What the hell is this? And the mirror…what a stupid gimmick so people think they are also part of this. NEXT!” declared Bertrando3.
“So bad, so bad. And that mirrored space? Couldn’t they just book one more cover star? How dumb. It looks like a fan-made cover…an arts and crafts project,” scoffed TommysBaby.
“I would be totally OK with this being an October cover, but September, are you kidding me! UGH!!” Miss Dalloway complained.
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In the same frame of mind was HeatherAnne: “I feel embarrassed for anyone who finds this inspirational. Hardly riveting choices. Besides Vogue you’re a fashion magazine, stay in your lane, we want a September fashion cover.”
“A checkerboard of clichés designed to hit all the right notes,” tigerrouge pointed out.
“What…is this? Could they not have executed this better? The suburban mom collage (especially with that mirror) looks cheesy,” commented a far from overjoyed Armani.
“Having an empowering message on their biggest issue of the year is GREAT, but THIS. DOES. NOT. LOOK. LIKE. A. FASHION. MAGAZINE. COVER. Especially when it’s September. It’s just wrong and I’m disappointed,” voiced crmsnsnwflks.
Blayne266 shared the same sentiments: “I think the whole collage group cover is messy and takes away from the ‘message’. I would have preferred to have multi-covers by Lindbergh, so it’s not so overwhelming and forced.”
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