The Duchess of Sussex became the first guest editor for the September issue of British Vogue this month. The 37-year-old does not feature on the cover of the issue, called Forces for Change. Instead, said she hopes readers will be inspired by the 15 women who adorn the cover of this month’s British Vogue in the most-hyped magazine edition of the year. The 15 women on the cover are: Adwoa Aboah, Adut Akech, Ramla Ali, Jacinda Ardern, Sinead Burke, Gemma Chan, Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek Pinault, Jameela Jamil, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Francesca Hayward, Yara Shahidi, Greta Thunberg and Christy Turlington Burns.
While there are portraits of 15 women on the cover, there is one blank spot in the middle, making the cover a collage of 16 rectangles.
In an Instagram post announcing the magazine, the Duchess explained: “The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective.”
However since the cover of the fashion bible was shared last night, dozens of people have slammed Meghan over who was left out.
Multiple readers took to social media to ask the Duchess why she hadn’t included First Lady Melania Trump – who they believed “shined on her UK visit.”
“I love the beautiful HRH The Duchess of Sussex, but I wish she had interviewed our current First Lady Melania Trump @FLOTUS instead. Our FLOTUS truly shined during her recent visit to the UK,” one wrote.
“Would loved to have seen Melania Trump included. I guess maybe next tine when you select the strongest of the strong,” another said.
“I think the First Lady, Mrs. Trump would be an excellent candidate to interview. She has stayed out of the political media and maintained composure throughout her role as the president’s wife,” a third added.
Meghan also came under fire from other readers, as they claimed Indian females had also been left out.
A few raised concerns that there were no Asian women on the cover.