Selected by hand for her Vogue cover, they are the women the duchess admires most.
But she has left one box empty to show that YOU can also be a game changer.
1: FROM CHILD REFUGEES TO CHANEL SUPERMODEL
Adut Akech, 19. Model.
Adut Akech, 19. Model
As a child refugee, Akech moved from South Sudan to Kenya, where her family was too poor to send her to school. At the age of seven her parents emigrated to Adelaide, Australia. She became a model at the age of 16 and calls Naomi Campbell her & # 39; second mother & # 39 ;.
CLAIM TO FAME: In 2018, she became only the second black model ever to close the Chanel haute couture show.
WISE WORDS: & # 39; I promised I'd make something of myself; something very good that would make people proud of me, especially my mother. And that is exactly what I have done. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: At the British Fashion Awards last December, Meghan presented a prize and Akech was nominated for Model of the Year.
Gemma Chan, 36. Actress and campaigner
2: RISING STAR WANTS TO END RACIAL PREJUDICE
Gemma Chan, 36. Actress and campaigner.
The Oxford-born lawyer who graduated from Oxford turned her back on the showbiz legal profession. She broke through in the romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians and this year played Minn-Erva in the super hero film Captain Marvel.
CLAIM TO FAME: Pole dancing with singer Celine Dion after this year's Met Gala: & It was the best half hour of my life. & # 39;
WISE WORDS: & # 39; You will have moments of rest, but pick yourself up, have a drink and continue. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: Dated chic Jack Whitehall comic for six years – he used to enjoy Harry & # 39; s ginger hair. She and Meghan share a passion for removing racial prejudices in the acting world.
Both made the best-dressed list of the Vogue magazine last year and use makeup artist Daniel Martin, who did Meghan's wedding.
3: TEENAGER WHO HOPES TO SAVE THE WORLD
Greta Thunberg, 16. Swedish climate activist.
She visited the UK in April and addressed MPs in Westminster. Led to a & # 39; school strike for the climate & # 39; among students from 112 countries. Travel alone by train and made the cover of Time magazine in March.
CLAIM TO FAME: Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize this year.
WISE WORDS: & # 39; Our house is falling apart and our leaders must act accordingly. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex used their Instagram account this month to follow Thunberg as part of their & # 39; monthly approach to social awareness & # 39; for their favorite goals.
Greta Thunberg, 16. Swedish climate activist
Jameela Jamil, 33
4: DJ HAVING WAR WITH FAT SHAMING
Jameela Jamil, 33.
The children's TV presenter born in Hampstead became an actor and activist argues for & # 39; body positivity & # 39; through its I Weigh campaign.
CLAIM TO FAME: First solo female presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Card Show in 60 years.
WISE WORDS: & # 39; The next generation is completely excluded and looks up at a white straight thin version of what we should be. We are done with the dinosaurs. . . and I'm here to kill the last one. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: The I Weigh campaign from Jamil was a cause that the Sussexes chose to support on Instagram. Both women dropped out with TV & Piers Morgan, who accused Meghan of leaving her friendship with him after meeting Harry. Jamil described Morgan as & # 39; the biggest spot in England & # 39 ;.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 31. Nigerian novelist whose 2012 TEDx talk & # 39; We should all be feminists & # 39; has been viewed more than five million times
5: WRITER AGAINST GENDER DAMAGE
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 31. Nigerian novelist whose 2012 TEDx talk & # 39; We should all be feminists & # 39; has been viewed more than five million times.
She worked with Dior on a & # 39; We should All Be Feminists & # 39; T-shirt, and in 2016 the face of Boots No7 became makeup. Divides her time between Nigeria and the US and designs clothing with local tailors.
CLAIM TO FAME: Her novel Americanah, about race and identity, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2013.
WISE WORDS: & # 39; I am angry. Gender as it functions today is a great injustice. We should all be angry. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: Both were invited for a private conversation with Michelle Obama at the Southbank Center in London. She said that after the Queen, Meghan should be the next Commonwealth head, not Prince Charles.
6: MODEL & SPIRITUAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN
Adwoa Aboah, 27. Aristocratic supermodel and descendant of the count of Lonsdale, whose mother Camilla established an artist management office.
Developed depression as a teenager when she started taking drugs. After an overdose and stay in a psychiatric hospital, she is now a passionate advocate for promoting mental health.
CLAIM TO FAME: The chosen cover star for the first edition of Vogue by the new editor Edward Enninful in December 2017.
WISE WORDS: & # 39; If you're so unhappy, it's scary, it's dark and terrible. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: Supports Heads Together – the charity Meghan and Harry were together with William and Kate until recently.
Adwoa Aboah, 27. Aristocratic supermodel and descendant of the count of Lonsdale, whose mother Camilla established an artist management office
Meghan says that this image – a mirrored panel – represents a mirror that includes the reader
Meghan says that this image – a mirrored panel – is a mirror to engage the reader and encourage them to use their own platforms to bring about change. No matter what cards life has handed out to you, the Duchess believes you are a force for change and just as important as her chosen cover stars.
8: PM WHO helped NEW ZEALAND HELP
Jacinda Ardern, 39.
The New Zealand prime minister garnered much praise for her sensitive response, including wearing a headscarf, at the mosque shootings in Christchurch in March by a white supremacist when 51 were killed.
CLAIM TO FAME: Became in October 2017 & # 39; the world's youngest female government leader and only the second world leader who gave birth during his office. Her TV presenter became a father staying at home.
WISE WORDS: & # 39; I never grew up as a young woman in the belief that my gender would stand in the way of everything I wanted to do. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: The Duchess met on the first royal tour of the Sussexes last October and said: & # 39; I love having a woman in her position talk so strongly about issues of women's representation and empowerment. & # 39;
Jacinda Ardern, 39, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Francesca Hayward, 27. The ballerina was born in Nairobi and moved to Sussex at the age of two to live with her British grandparents
9: STAR OF THE ROYAL BALLET
Francesca Hayward, 27. The ballerina was born in Nairobi and moved to Sussex at the age of two to live with her British grandparents.
They fed her love for dance by giving her a DVD from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Cast alongside Taylor Swift and Judi Dench in the film version of the musical Cats.
CLAIM TO FAME: A main dancer in the Royal Ballet, the highest possible rank.
wise words: & # 39; It sounds like a cliché, but when I am on stage, I am most relaxed, I feel most like myself. When I have the music and costumes and everyone else around me, I feel the most free. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: It is clear that the duchess admires the way she deals with her breed. Has said that her background has never influenced her career: & Only when people ask me what it is like to be a mixed race dancer, do I realize that I am. I never felt different. & # 39;
10: SOMALI BOXER TO BEAT THE BULLS
Ramla Ali, late 20s (Ali does not know exactly how old she is). Somali boxer champion who arrived in the UK as a refugee.
Being bullied in her early teens because she was overweight, she discovered boxing after her mother bought her a pass for a gym in East London.
Ramla Ali, late 20s (Ali does not know exactly how old she is). Somali boxer champion who arrived in the UK as a refugee
Became & # 39; addicted & # 39; but kept her boxing secret from her strict Muslim parents, who found out after her brother had seen her compete on television. She does volunteer work for a charity that teaches women self-defense.
CLAIM TO FAME: Training to become the first Somali to participate in Olympic boxing in 2020.
WISE WORDS: & # 39; Every day I receive messages from people who say: & # 39; You do incredible things for our country, you raise awareness for our country, a country that has long been associated with war and famine, so you bring a positive light to the country – thank you very much. & # 39; & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: They might know each other through Vogue's editor, Edward Enninful, who recently thanked them on social media for a night out at one of the biggest events in the UK, the summer party at the Serpentine Gallery.
11: CATWALK LEGEND CARE FOR MUMS
Christy Turlington Burns, 50.
One of the original super models from the nineties that shot to starry with her campaign for Calvin Klein & # 39; s Eternity perfume. More recently, the mother of two, married to actor Edward Burns, founded Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer worldwide.
CLAIM TO FAME: Top casting agent James Scully greeted her as: & # 39; the greatest model of all time! You could combine any model to this day into one person, and they wouldn't come close (sorry, girls). & # 39;
WISE WORDS: & # 39; Oh, I'm hardly stylish! I'm such a mess. I don't think about what I'm going to wear; it's the last thing I think about. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: Naomi Campbell is a common friend and both are yoga enthusiasts. Once said: & # 39; Yoga is about compassion and generosity towards others. It means paying attention to the world around us. & # 39;
Christy Turlington Burns, 50
Salma Hayek Pinault, 52. Actress, producer and activist
12: FILM STAR WITH A SOCIAL SCIENCE
Salma Hayek Pinault, 52. Actress, producer and activist.
The Hollywood star is married to the French billionaire businessman François-Henri Pinault. She is campaigning to raise awareness of violence against women and discrimination against immigrants (and said she was once an illegal immigrant in the United States after she moved from Mexico).
CLAIM TO FAME: Give a newborn whose mother could not produce milk during a UNICEF trip to Sierra Leone.
WISE WORDS: & # 39; People always underestimate me. But if you stay long enough, act with conviction and try to be honest in everything you do, good things will come to you.
ROYAL TIRES: Both used their acting careers to raise awareness of their charity work – before they married men who were far from Hollywood.
13: MADE FASHION MORE INCLUDING
Sinead Burke, 29. Irish activist born with achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder, meaning she is only three and a half feet tall.
A fashion fanatic, who would ask for copies of Vogue for her birthday, started blogging at the age of 16 to emphasize the industry's inability to cater for disabled fans.
CLAIM TO FAME: Became known after its TED talk & # 39; Why design should include everyone & # 39; two years ago.
WISE WORDS: About people with disabilities in fashion, she says: & # 39; They are not invited to make decisions and share. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: The Duchess met at a reception in Dublin and was mentioned alongside her as & # 39; one of the 25 most influential and ambitious female figures in Britain shaping 2018 & # 39; in – where else – Vogue magazine.
Sinead Burke, 29. Irish activist born with achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder, meaning she is only three and a half feet tall
Jane Fonda, 81. Actress, model and fitness guru
14: OSCAR WINNER STILL AT 81
Jane Fonda, 81. Actress, model and fitness guru.
The three-divorced mother of three has often been a controversial political activist – she was a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War, earned her the nickname & # 39; Hanoi Jane & # 39; – and defended feminist goals and said in 2017: & # 39; I have been raped, As a child I have been sexually abused and I have been fired because I would not sleep with my boss. & # 39; Currently stars in Netflix series Grace And Frankie.
CLAIM TO FAME: A legend in Hollywood, she has won two Best Actress Oscars and has been nominated several other times. Has also moved more than 17 million copies of her legendary training video & # 39; s.
WISE WORDS: & # 39; To be a revolutionary, you must be a human. You must care about people who have no power. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: It's not entirely clear – but Meghan reportedly relaxed by watching a Jane Fonda movie, Book Club, on a flight to Canada last year.
15: ACTRESS AND LGBT ACTIVIST
Laverne Cox, 46.
The American actress and transgender lawyer became known in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black and became the first transgender to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. She says: & # 39; Most Americans learn what they learn about transgenders through the media. & # 39;
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: The first transgender to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine.
WISE WORDS: & # 39; I am a homemade woman in every sense of the word. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: Mutual distrust of President Donald Trump, who has described Meghan as a & # 39; women's hatred & # 39 ;. Cox says about transgender people: & # 39; The current president is trying to ban us from the army. Our unemployment rate is three times the national average. & # 39;
Laverne Cox, 46, actress and LGBT activist
16: SITCOM QUEEN INSPIRING VOTES
Yara Shahidi, 19. American actor and model who launched Eighteenx18, a movement to encourage voter turnout.
Currently stars in hit sitcom Grown-ish – and studying at Harvard: & # 39; I am very lucky to work with fantastic people who want me to go to college as much as I do. & # 39;
CLAIM TO FAME: Given a letter of recommendation from former First Lady Michelle Obama.
WISE WORDS: & # 39; My passion really came from the 2016 elections, where I and many of my colleagues couldn't vote. & # 39;
ROYAL TIRES: Apart from their early career on American TV series, they share campaign views on racial prejudice. In a scene from Grown-like, her character, Zoey Johnson, expresses her approval of Meghan's marriage to Harry. & # 39; Good for Meghan, & # 39; Zoey says. & # 39; Girl is now a princess. & # 39;
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