Meghan Markle and Phoebe Waller-Bridge make Vogue’s Top 25 female high-fliers

The women shaping the UK: From Meghan (and her wedding dress designer) to Fleabag star Phoebe, Vogue lists the country’s Top 25 female high-fliers

  • List is second to appear under Edward Enninful and appears to reflect mission to increase diversity in Vogue
  • Knife crime campaigners and environmental champions are included, but PM and Queen are both absent 
  • Features BBC’s Emily Maitlis, the Duchess of Sussex, and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick

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The Duchess of Sussex has been joined by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge and leading female police chiefs in a list of Britain’s 25 most important women.

It has been compiled by Vogue magazine and is the second to appear under the fashion bible’s new editor, Edward Enninful.

This year’s list is a world away from the pretty socialites of yesteryear and appears to reflect Mr Enninful’s mission to increase the diversity of the people who featured in the pages of the magazine.

Knife crime campaigners and environmental champions are among the eclectic names included, a dozen or so of which are likely to be unfamiliar to many.

The magazine’s chart, Vogue 25, claims to showcase the ‘high-powered and visionary women whose work is shaping Britain’s future’. Noticeably, it omits the Queen and Theresa May, the country’s two most powerful women.

Vogue proclaimed the Duchess of Sussex one of the country’s most important women for the second year in a row, saying she is ‘very much a modern princess’

Supermodel Naomi Campbell made the list for her philanthropic work in Africa

She was joined by Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge for ‘capturing a mood’ and rising from relative obscurity to worldwide fame

Supermodel Naomi Campbell made the list for her philanthropic work in Africa, and she was joined by Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge for ‘capturing a mood’ and rising from relative obscurity to worldwide fame

Former Labour MP Luciana Berger, who quit the party to form Change UK before going independent again, also made the list

Former Labour MP Luciana Berger, who quit the party to form Change UK before going independent again, also made the list

The Vogue 25 

Dina Asher-Smith, Athlete

Luciana Berger, Member of Parliament

Julie Bogaert, Social media insider

Naomi Campbell, Model and philanthropist

Olivia Colman, Actor

Marsha De Cordova, Member of Parliament

Oscar-winner Olivia Colman made the list

Oscar-winner Olivia Colman made the list

The Duchess of Sussex, Member of the royal family

Marianne Elliott, Theatre director

Bana Gora, Director of the Muslim Women’s Council

Polly Higgins, Climate change campaigner

Emily Maitlis, News broadcaster

Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern

Pat McGrath, Beauty innovator

Busayo Oyedoyin, Knife-crime campaigner

Karen Pierce, Diplomat

Alison Rose, Banker

Alex Scott, Football broadcaster

Joanna Shields, Tech CEO

Jorja Smith, Singer

Sophie, Producer and singer

Fran Summers, Model

Margherita Turco, Scientist

Clare Waight Keller, Fashion designer

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Screenwriter and actor

Cressida Dick, Lynne Owens and Sara Thornton, Women of the Police

Instead, it includes such figures as 21-year-old singer Jorja Smith – who Vogue praises for finding success despite not being signed to a major label – and BBC broadcaster Emily Maitlis. Make-up artist Pat McGrath, described as a ‘tastemaker’ and ‘beauty innovator’, makes the list for ‘stealthily dictating the contents of our make-up bags through her countless boundary-pushing magazine editorials and fashion shows’.

Vogue proclaims Meghan one of the country’s most important women for the second year in a row, saying she is ‘very much a modern princess’.

It also hails her ‘feminist’ approach to motherhood, saying: ‘The quietly revolutionary decision she and Prince Harry took to keep their child’s birth private echoes the commitment to wellness she was known for prior to her new life, as well as her feminist ideals.’

Clare Waight Keller, who designed Meghan’s wedding dress, also made the list.

While last year’s list was littered with celebrities, Vogue goes for a decidedly more businesslike approach for the 2019 version.

This year’s line-up is graced with MPs, campaigners and three police chiefs, as well as the likes of Fleabag star Miss Waller-Bridge and Oscar-winner Olivia Colman.

Actress and writer Miss Waller-Bridge, who has been brought in to write for the new Bond film, is celebrated for ‘capturing a mood’ and rising from relative obscurity to worldwide fame.

‘In the past 12 months, a stellar first series of Killing Eve, and second of Fleabag have transformed Waller-Bridge from cult comedian to global star,’ Vogue says.

It goes on to say that Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Lynne Owens, director general of the National Crime Agency, and Sara Thornton, chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, are having influence in every corner of the country.

Former Labour MP Luciana Berger, who quit the party to form Change UK before going independent again, also made the list.

Joining her are supermodel Naomi Campbell for her philanthropic work in Africa, and diplomat Karen Pierce, the permanent UK representative to the United Nations. Knife crime campaigner Busayo Oyedoyin and Glaswegian singer Sophie also feature, as does climate change campaigner Polly Higgins, who died of cancer on Easter Sunday.

Vogue said it had based its list on the questions: ‘What are the most pressing issues of our time? And who demands the ability to inspire, and the clout to change the conversation?’

The July 2019 issue of British Vogue is out today. 

This year’s list is a world away from the pretty socialites of yesteryear and appears to reflect the fashion bible’s new editor Edward Enninful’s mission to increase the diversity of the people who featured in the pages of the magazine. BBC broadcaster Emily Maitlis also made the list

This year’s list is a world away from the pretty socialites of yesteryear and appears to reflect the fashion bible’s new editor Edward Enninful’s mission to increase the diversity of the people who featured in the pages of the magazine. BBC broadcaster Emily Maitlis also made the list

The magazine’s chart, Vogue 25, claims to showcase the ‘high-powered and visionary women whose work is shaping Britain’s future’. Pictured: theatre director Marianne Elliott

Athlete Dina Asher-Smith

The magazine’s chart, Vogue 25, claims to showcase the ‘high-powered and visionary women whose work is shaping Britain’s future’. Left: theatre director Marianne Elliott, right: athlete Dina Asher-Smith

Make-up artist Pat McGrath, described as a ‘tastemaker’ and ‘beauty innovator’, makes the list for ‘stealthily dictating the contents of our make-up bags through her countless boundary-pushing magazine editorials and fashion shows’

Make-up artist Pat McGrath, described as a ‘tastemaker’ and ‘beauty innovator’, makes the list for ‘stealthily dictating the contents of our make-up bags through her countless boundary-pushing magazine editorials and fashion shows’

Knife crime campaigners and environmental champions are among the eclectic names included, a dozen or so of which are likely to be unfamiliar to many. Pictured: Met police commissioner Cressida Dick

Knife crime campaigners and environmental champions are among the eclectic names included, a dozen or so of which are likely to be unfamiliar to many. Pictured: Met police commissioner Cressida Dick

Marsha De Cordova, the MP for Battersea

Model Fran Summers

Marsha De Cordova, the MP for Battersea (left), and model Fran Summers (pictured at the Met Gala last month) also made the list

Karen Pierce, the British Ambassador to the United Nations, made the list for her role as a diplomat. She is pictured here with the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya

Karen Pierce, the British Ambassador to the United Nations, made the list for her role as a diplomat. She is pictured here with the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya

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