For its much anticipated September issue, British Vogue has dedicated space typically dedicated to celebrities in their biggest fashion push of the year, to 20 changemakers. Among the selection: Janet Mock, Professor Angela Davis, and Patrisse Cullors-Brignac.
"This is the September issue of British Vogue," Cullors-Brignac, who is a of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, wrote in her Instagram caption. "And that is ME on the cover!!! If you would have told high school Patrisee that she would be on the cover of VOGUE one day ...
This work is not about me," she continued. "I will continue to advocate for change in this country even when the cameras are gone. But for now, mom do you see this??!"
The cover is multipart with the main cover being model and activist Adwoa Aboah and Marcus Rashford on the central panel. The package then folds out into the additional two panels which feature the aforementioned names as well as the likes of Joan Smalls, Jesse Williams, Riz Ahmed, Bernice A. King and more. They comprise "20 inspirational activists dedicated to making a change," according to the publication.
In addition to cover, British Vogue has launched a new series titled "Speaking Up," which feature conversations with the change-makers.
"I don't care what people say about me because I'm doing this for Black trans women, " model and activist Munroe Bergdorf says on one of the first clips. "I'm doing this for Black disabled trans women, I'm doing this for Black trans women that are navigating poverty. So it's also about acknowledging your privilege; for a Black trans woman within the U.K. I'm extremely privileged now. I've worked my way up to that point but the fact is that I navigate very privileged spaces and my income is different to, you know, the standard Black trans woman."
The project follows Laverne Cox appearing on the cover of British Vogue for the September 2019 issue, which was styled similarly as a "Forces for Change" package.