In sharing the single message of hope, British Vogue has dedicated its September issue to 20 activists making a change in the society. Among the selection; British-Ghanaian model Adwoa Aboah, Clara Amfo, and Reni Eddo-Lodge.

On the main cover, Adwoa Aboah joins professional footballer and philanthropist Marcus Rashford. Lensed by Misan Harriman she wears Fenty and Martin Rose styled by Donna Wallace.

The special fold-out cover also put the spotlight on other activists making a change across various fields ranging from discrimination to inequality to racism. 

The issue comes at a time where the year has seen millions of people throw power fists in the air and chant in unison, “Black Lives Matter”, in protest of the global issue affecting the daily lives of black people around the world, especially in America.

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“This is a year that shredded complacency,” writes @AfuaHirsch, in #BritishVogue’s September 2020 issue cover story. “It is a year that has elevated the visibility of legendary figures from those past battles, and ushered in a new generation of young activists, in which previously unknown campaigners and celebrities alike became unapologetic about demanding change.” Meet the 20 activists on the cover making change, from #DrMeenalViz who became the voice and campaigner for BAME health workers at higher risk from the virus, to 86-year-old anti-racism activist and educator #JaneElliott, whose lifetime of work is currently gaining unprecedented attention, and Puerto Rican model and Vogue regular #JoanSmalls, who is donating 50 per cent of her earnings for the rest of 2020 to Black Lives Matter charities, see the full portfolio in the new issue, on newsstands and available for digital download Friday 7 August. And read the full story at the link in bio. #VogueHope Featuring: @Meenals_World @TamikaDMallory @RizAhmed @JanetMock Professor Angela Davis Jane Elliott Alice Wong @Disability_Visibility @IJesseWilliams @JoanSmalls Photographed by @MisanHarriman, @PhilipDanielDucasse, @KingTexas, and @EddieH__.

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In his editor’s letterEdward Enninful explained the inspiration for the issue. 

“This month, all international Vogues, of which there are currently an impressive 26, are uniting to dedicate their September covers to one shared theme: hope. I knew instantly and deeply believed in what British Vogue’s interpretation needed to be — an ode to the extraordinary voices, old and young, who in this difficult year have devoted their energies to fighting for a fairer society,” 

In addition to cover, British Vogue has launched a new series titled “Speaking Up,” which feature conversations with change-makers from around the world.

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Additional cover photography by @PhilipDanielDucasse@KingTexas@ChriseanRose@EddieH__ and @KidNoble.
Hair by @EarlSimms2
Makeup by @CeliaBurtonMakeUp.
Story by @AfuaHirsch