‘Not much diversity’ Meghan Markle’s Vogue cover criticised for lack of ‘Asian faces’

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Meghan Markle has wowed by revealing he has guested edited the September issue of Vogue.

The cover was posted on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Instagram page last night and over a quarter of a million people have liked the post so far.

A long Instagram post written by the couple’s office featured quotes from the Duchess herself.

The new mother said: “Guest editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring. To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created.

“A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover. Thank you for saying ‘Yes!’ – and to Edward, thank you for this wonderful opportunity.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been embracing A-list status, according to a body language expert. Many will see this work with Vogue as a step into that role for the couple. 

However, a number of comments on the Instagram page showed some people were upset with the choices.

A few raised concerns that there were no Asian women on the cover.

One said: “Not really much diversity. Asia must not be a part of the duchess’ world.”

“Where are the Asian faces in this picture??” another said.

Many more were disappointed that all the women featured are celebrities, and no community heroes were included.

This includes the women of Grenfell, who the Duchess worked with to create a cookbook.

One wrote: “Where are the women from Grenfell? They are just one example of who should be on the cover. Beautiful ladies that overcame a tragedy and bonded together to help their community. They are the real ‘Forces of change’ Not these ‘celebrities’.”

Another wrote: “Is this is joke? Where are the women that are not super models or married to billionaires that are the actual women down in the trenches working to actually affect change, not puff up their own egos.”

“Personally I feel that women who work in shelters, or as doctors, heck Jane Goodall, or the women from the Grenfell survivors….THEY deserve recognition not a bunch of models and actresses who don’t practice what they preach. I’m really disappointed by her choices,” another said.

One wrote: “How about picking some normal women who do in incredible things instead, always the rich and famous.” came another agreement.

Another common complaint was Meghan Markle’s choice to interview former US First Lady Michelle Obama, instead of the current First Lady Melania Trump.

“Would love to have seen Melania Trump included. I guess maybe next time when you select the strongest of the strong!” an Instagram user wrote, while another said, “No interview with our current First Lady?? Shocker.”

“Why is it that Megan had an interview with the ‘former’ First Lady of the United States and not ‘THE’ First Lady of the United States?” another said.

However, many were fans of the cover and praised Meghan’s work.

One said: “I don’t see myself but I see a big step towards diversity and inclusion. Great job! I wear my hair in Senegalese twists but this is a great force for change. Love the lady with the freckles in front centre.”

Another wrote: “Very cool …and very proud to see @jacindaardern – a very strong female role model here in New Zealand.”

“This is beautifully perfect! I’m proud to call you an American. You know you will always be embraced as one. That being said, with due respect to your new duty and responsibility to the wonderful people of the UK!” a US fan wrote.

Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile

Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.

Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.

Actress

Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.

She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.

Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.

She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.

Charity and humanitarian work

Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.

She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.

And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.

Relationships

In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.

But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.

She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.

And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.

Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.

They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Meghan’s heritage

Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.

Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.

But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.

She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.

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