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Jesse Williams, Tamika Mallory and more Black activists cover British Vogue

(Credit: British Vogue)

British Vogue unveiled its September cover with multiple familiar faces featuring activists and thought leaders such as Jesse Williams and Tamika Mallory.

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“This is a year that shredded complacency,” writes Afua Hirsch in the story according to an Instagram upload from the fashion and culture platform.

She continues, “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.” 

The issue, titled “Activism Now,” features a fold-out cover that spotlights 20 different activists working globally for causes including social justice, anti-racism, education, women’s rights, and more. Revealed on Instagram Monday in a series of posts, the editorial represents the current times.

“This movement is setting to change their own pathway,” says Dr. Bernice A. King, according to the social media upload. She is featured on one of several covers shared for the fall issue.

The cover featuring Dr. King also highlights the following people: journalist, author, and activist, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Yvette Williams of the Justice4Grenfell Campaign, anti-racism activist and author Patrick Hutchinson, activist, organizer and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, radio professional Clara Amfo, writer and Black Lives Matter ambassador Janaya Future Khan, Fiona Dwyer of Solace Women’s Aid, and activist, education and writer, Brittany Packnett Cunningham.

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The main cover features  Marcus Rashford and Adwoa Aboah photographed together. He uses his platform as a professional athlete to “lobby the government to fund free school meals for vulnerable children,” according to British Vogue.

She uses her status as a supermodel to highlight mental health issues and cofounded GURLS TALK, a safe place for sharing and listening.

The third cover features the aforementioned voices in Jesse Williams and Tamika Mallory. They are joined by the following: Dr. Meenal Viz, a leader for BAME health workers at higher risk of contracting coronavirus, actor, musician and activist Riz Ahmed, writer, director, and activist Janet Mock, political activist, writer and academic Professor Angela Davis, diversity education Jane Elliott, Alice Wong of Disability Visibility and activist and model Joan Smalls.

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