Meghan Markle chooses Sinéad Burke for front cover of British Vogue

Ms Burke is among 15 women featured on the cover of the iconic magazine as "trailblazing changemakers".

Meghan Markle chooses Sinéad Burke for front cover of British Vogue

Irish disability campaigner Sinéad Burke has been given a royal seal of approval after being chosen by Meghan Markle to appear on the front cover of the British edition of Vogue fashion magazine.

Ms Burke is among 15 women featured on the cover of the iconic magazine as "trailblazing changemakers" and will appear in the September issue which is guest-edited by the Duchess of Sussex, wife of Britain's Prince Harry.

For the past seven months, the duchess has curated the content with Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful.

There is also an exclusive interview between herself and former US First Lady Michelle Obama and an interview between primatologist Dr Jane Goodall and Prince Harry.

These last seven months have been a rewarding process, curating and collaborating with Edward Enninful, British Vogue’s editor-in-chief, to take the year’s most-read fashion issue and steer its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today

- Meghan Markle told the magazine.

Among the 15 'forces for change' are women from the worlds of sports, politics and the arts, "all of whom have made an inspiring impact on modern life" according to Vogue.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said the women were "united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers."

They were photographed individually for the magazine by Peter Lindbergh, the German photographer and film director.

There is also a black space on the cover to represent a mirror "to show how you, the reader, are part of this extraordinary moment in time – and to encourage you to use your own platform to bring change", according to Vogue.

Ms Burke said she was "very proud, incredibly honoured and humbled" to be among the inspirational women chosen for the September issue of Vogue, which is traditionally regarded as the most important issue of the year.

"I’ve been collecting the September issue of Vogue for as long as I can remember. They were my gateway to a world that I couldn’t visualise myself within," she wrote on her Twitter account.

"Those September issues still line my bookcases at home and now I’ll get to add one more to that collection!"

Ms Burke, a writer and contributing editor with British Vogue, has travelled the world campaigning for greater access for disabled people. Earlier this year, she addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos.

She appeared alongside Meghan Markle last year in Vogue's inaugural Power List of their 25 most influential women. Her TED talk on 'why design should include everyone', has attracted almost 1.4 million views.

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