Thandiwe Newton Covers The May Issue Of British Vogue

Often, a theme will weave itself through an issue of Vogue almost of its own volition. This month that thread is legacy. Perhaps it was inevitable that, at this crossroads, we would all be thinking more deeply about our priorities and what a well-lived life means today. As the world begins to emerge and reorder itself during this new, vaccine-tempered chapter in the pandemic, I am delighted to see how many of the extraordinary women in this issue demonstrate how one’s personal choices have the power to shape the future for the better.

Take Thandiwe Newton, our cover star. In the 1990s, along with actors such as Josette Simon, she was one of the few leading Black British actresses you saw on the big screen. Beyond talented and beautiful, she went on to transcend each decade that followed, picking up major awards, leading blockbusters, becoming a mother, and working tirelessly for charitable causes. Though it was not an easy ride, and she has often endured racism and abuse in the film industry. Yet, astonishingly to me, she still seems fearless somehow, never flinching from the hard conversations and calling out toxicity wherever she finds it. She tells author Diana Evans how she almost gave up on acting, but has found her way back to herself with a new purpose, to tell the stories that matter, while also returning to using the W of her birth name. We had enormous fun on the shoot in London, where we brought together the duel influences of her Zimbabwean and British heritages. I am so pleased to at last see her on the cover of the magazine.

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