Jameela Jamil Shares What Being Featured In British Vogue Means to Her
The actress once felt that she would have to "starve" herself to be on the cover of the iconic magazine.
This past year, the Good Place's Jameela Jamil has made countless headlines for her passionate stance against diet culture and unrealistic beauty standards. She's taken to social media to publically call out celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Cardi B, and Amber Rose for promoting unhealthy weight-loss fads like detox teas and appetite suppressants. She's also embraced her own "flaws" by opening up about what the stretch marks on her boobs represent and how her Ehlers–Danlos Syndrome diagnosis has affected her. Her goal? To change the conversations surrounding body image.
Jamil's activism has clearly struck a chord with the masses—so much so that it's landed her on the September cover of British Vogue, which was guest-edited by none other than the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
Through a heartfelt post, Jamil shared her excitement about the feature on Instagram.
"Gah. I'm on the COVER of the September Issue of Vogue," she wrote. "With some of my heroes. Guest edited by a total hero, HRH The Duchess of Sussex, (Tahani's good friend) and @edward_enninful created such a beautiful messaging behind this iconic issue."
The upcoming issue features 15 women who are honored as "forces for change" by the magazine. Included among them are New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, climate change activist Greta Thunberg, actress Laverne Cox (the first transgender person to be featured on the cover of British Vogue), and of course, Jamil.
Half of the women on the cover are women of color, which really resonated with Jamil. "I grew up never seeing Pakistani or Indian girls on the cover of magazines, and this means the world to teenage me," she continued in her Instagram post.
"I was also a teen model briefly and thought I would have to starve myself to get into Vogue, and it's a F*cking BEAUTIFUL thing that it's actually my fight against those impossible beauty standards and the diet products I tried to use to get me to that weight, got me here in the end," she shared. "Thank you @britishvogue for this career highlight and extraordinary life moment that I will never forget." (Related: Jameela Jamil Wants You to Know That She's More Than Just a Hater for Celebrity Diet Endorsements)
There's something to be said about celebrities like Jamil who are fighting to spark change in refreshing, bold ways. It's through strong voices like hers that young women and girls can know that they deserve to be celebrated—"flaws" and all.