The Duchess of Sussex took to her Sussex Royal instagram page to post a tribute to the late Peter Lindbergh. Having worked with Lindbergh numerous times, Meghan shared a black-and-white photo of the two embracing, captioned “The Duchess of Sussex had worked with Peter in the past and personally chose him to shoot the 15 women on the cover for the special September issue of British Vogue, which she guest edited. There is no other photographer she considered to bring this meaningful project to life. Forces for Change was the one of the esteemed photographer’s final published projects. He will be deeply missed. Forces for Change” was the one of the esteemed photographer’s final published projects. He will be deeply missed.”
Known for his genuine authenticity and outspoken refusal to retouch images, Lindbergh will go down as one of the greats, a true titan leaving a tremendous impact. In a shoot for the popular Pirelli calendar back in 2017 where he insisted on minimal makeup and styling, Lindbergh shared at a press conference that he had hoped to “remind everyone that there’s a beauty that’s more real and truthful and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests. Beauty speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself, and your very own sensibility – that’s my definition of a woman today. That’s the goal of the calendar, to show the woman, and not this stretched, manipulated, emptied [person] you see in the magazines today.”
Meghan had picked 15 influential women to feature on the cover of British Vogue’s September 2019 issue dubbed ‘Forces of Change’, including climate activist Greta Thunberg, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, actresses Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Jameela Jamil, Yara Shahidi, models Christy Turlington Burns, Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, boxer Ramla Ali, authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sinead Burke and Royal Ballet dancer Francesca Hayward.
The issue features more powerful women inside, including former US first lady Michelle Obama and primatologist Dr Jane Goodall, interviewed by both Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Speaking on the publication, Meghan shared “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.” The focus will be on “values, causes and people making an impact in the world today”.
Lindbergh spoke in admiration of Meghan in British Vogue, sharing the conversation the two had on the morning of the NY shoot “My instructions from the Duchess were clear [for the cover shoot of the women selected as Forces for Change]: ‘I want to see freckles!’ Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles.” he continued, “I hate retouching, I hate make-up. I always say, ‘Take the make-up off!’ The number of beautiful women who have asked me to lengthen their legs or move their eyes further apart… you would not believe. It’s a culture of madness.”