Laverne Cox reveals moment she received surprise call from Meghan07/30/2019
Laverne Cox reveals she received a surprise phone call from Meghan Markle to ask if she’d appear on her Vogue cover – and admits she had a ‘fangirl’ moment over former Suits star
- Orange Is the New Black star among Meghan’s choices for September’s Vogue
- Duchess of Sussex, 37, is guest-editing a special ‘Forces for Change’ issue
- Will bring together 15 ‘trailblazers’ including actors, politicians and activists
- Actress and LGBTQ+ advocate Laverne told the duchess she was a huge Suits fan
- Said becoming magazine’s first transgender cover star is a ‘dream come true’
Laverne Cox couldn’t resist a ‘fangirl’ moment when she received a surprise phone call from the Duchess of Sussex last week.
Meghan, 37, phoned the Orange Is the New Black star, 47, to ask her if she would appear in the September issue of British Vogue, which she is guest-editing.
After agreeing to take part, Laverne told former actress Meghan she ‘loved her’ on Suits, the legal drama in which she starred as paralegal Rachel Zane before she married Prince Harry.
The ‘Forces for Change’ Vogue issue will bring together 15 ‘trailblazers’ and ‘changemakers’ handpicked by the duchess, who will be the first royal to guest-edit the fashion bible.
Actress and LGBTQ+ advocate Laverne, from Alabama, was surprised to get the call, but said Meghan was ‘so lovely’ to speak to – and described appearing on the front of Vogue as a ‘dream come true’.
Laverne Cox couldn’t resist a fangirl moment when she received a surprise phone call from the Duchess of Sussex last week asking her to appear on her Vogue cover
Revealing she didn’t find out she’d been chosen until last week, she told People: ‘Edward Enninful [British Vogue’s editor-in-chief] called me at 9:30 in the morning and he’s like, “I have someone on the phone for you,” and it was the Duchess of Sussex.’
Laverne added: ‘She was so lovely… She just thanked me for being an inspiration and to keep it up.’
The star couldn’t resist telling former actress Meghan that she had been a fan of Suits ‘since the beginning’.
‘I just loved her on the show,’ Laverne explained. ‘She just said, “Awww”. She seemed surprised.’
Laverne, who shot to fame thanks to her role as Sophia Burset in the Netflix original series, became the first transgender person to receive a Primetime Emmy nomination for her performance.
The ‘Forces for Change’ issue will bring together 15 ‘trailblazers’ and ‘changemakers’ handpicked by the duchess, who will be the first royal to guest-edit the fashion bible
She was also the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan and to receive a wax figure in Madame Tussauds.
Laverne will be British Vogue’s first ever transgender cover star, which she admitted has been one of her ‘biggest dreams’.
The line-up of women joining her includes celebrities, politicians and activists known for championing issues such as diversity, body positivity and climate change.
Laverne will be British Vogue’s first ever transgender cover star, which she admitted has been one of her ‘biggest dreams’
There will also be a 16th ‘mirrored’ space in the centre of the cover to reflect the reader, which Laverne described as an ‘exciting’ idea.
‘Yes, all these women are an amazing force for change, but it really has to start with each individual,’ she told People.
‘We need to come together as a human race and understand our shared humanity to save our planet and lift every voice and experience and every story. I believe that is the work.’
Laverne praised Meghan for being a ‘huge inspiraton’ as an African American member of the Royal Family and likened her to Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
She added: ‘[Diana] wanted to help and be of service to the world — it feels like Prince Harry chose a partner who embodies so much of what his mother stood for.
‘Certainly the duchess is her own person, but I think about what it means to be of service. I feel like that’s what she feels called to do. And I think that’s a beautiful thing.’
Insiders insist Meghan was not just a figurehead for the British Vogue project but a hands-on collaborator, involving herself in everything including artwork and layout.
Mr Enniful described her as a ‘bi-racial powerhouse’ while praising her ‘hands-on’ work ethic that motivated her to focus on her duties as the magazine’s guest editor throughout her pregnancy.
Her edition includes actress Jane Fonda, 81, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, 39, and climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, 16, among other famous faces.
Laverne praised Meghan for being a ‘huge inspiraton’ as an African American member of the Royal Family and likened her to Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana
The duchess will not feature on the cover as she believed it would be a ‘boastful’ thing for her to do, according to Mr Enninful.
One of the 15 influential women that Meghan Markle chose to spotlight during her guest-editor stint at British Vogue is body positivity campaigner Jameela Jamil — and the feeling of admiration between them is mutual.
Thrilled to have been singled out by the duchess, Jameela told the Today show: ‘I b****y love her. I think she’s fantastic.’
She went on: ‘It was an incredible honor to get to talk to her over the phone.
‘She’s very gracious and kind and warm and intelligent. So I think I’ll probably never forget this as long as I live.’
The duchess will not feature on the cover as she believed it would be a ‘boastful’ thing for her to do, according to the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful (pictured left)
However, the front cover has attracted its fair share of criticism. Meghan was blasted for failing to include the Queen in the magazine and for ignoring nurses, doctors, lawyers and teachers on the cover.
Critics have also hit out at the duchess for ‘involving herself in politics’ and ‘considering herself more of an A lister than a member of the royal family’.
Ingrid Seward of Majesty magazine told the Sun: ‘The Duchess of Sussex has done a huge favour for the House of Conde Naste and rather less for the House of Windsor,’ while Brexit MEP Ann Widdecombe warned: ‘Royals have not only got to keep out of politics but they have got to be seen to keep out of politics.’
Royal commentator Rob Jobson told Sky News Meghan’s cover was ‘right on and ticks all the boxes’, but warned against getting involved in politics by asking the New Zealand Prime Minister to take part.
Critics have hit out at the duchess for ‘involving herself in politics’ and ‘considering herself more of an A lister than a member of the royal family’
He also commented on Meghan working on the guest edit while on maternity leave – when she did not meet the US President.
He added: ‘She picked a conversation she had with Michelle Obama, this was done while she was on maternity leave, but she wasn’t around for when Donald Trump was here for the state visit.
‘You have got to be quite careful; if you want a voice, that is great. That is perfect if you are not necessarily a member of the Royal Family.
‘But she has got to be very careful not to be partisan and I think that whilst you are using this for a force of good, you have just got to be a little bit careful on the politics side.’
One of the 15 influential women that Meghan Markle chose to spotlight during her guest-editor stint at British Vogue is body positivity campaigner Jameela Jamil — and the feeling of admiration between them is mutual
Royal commentator Rob Jobson told Sky News Meghan’s cover was ‘right on and ticks all the boxes’, but warned against getting involved in politics by asking the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) to take part
In a statement, Meghan said: ‘These last seven months have been a rewarding process, curating and collaborating with Edward Enninful 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.
‘Through this lens I hope you’ll feel the strength of the collective in the diverse selection of women chosen for the cover as well as the team of support I called upon within the issue to help bring this to light.
‘I hope readers feel as inspired as I do, by the forces for change they’ll find within these pages.’
Insiders insist Meghan was not just a figurehead for the British Vogue project but a hands-on collaborator, involving herself in everything including artwork and layout
Mr Enniful said: ‘To have the country’s most influential beacon of change guest edit British Vogue at this time has been an honor, a pleasure and a wonderful surprise.
‘As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege.
‘From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not. In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a “boastful” thing to do for this particular project.’
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