The fact that Meghan Markle guest-edited an issue of British Vogue was a surprise to all of us — and apparently, to the Vogue contributors too. In an interview revealing new details about her involvement, we found out about Meghan’s reaction to Jameela Jamil’s joke about her on The Good Place. We also learned of how Jamil missed Meghan’s call three times for the British Vogue issue, finding out only a few days before the news went public that the Duchess was even involved. Once they connected, Jamil was delighted to learn that Meghan was a big fan of her body positivity work. And like Salma Hayek, Jamil enjoyed the call on a personal level too.
Jamil told Grazia UK that she’d completed her essay for Vogue well before she knew of Meghan’s involvement — or that there was a guest editor at all. “Meghan called me herself,” Jamil explained. “I missed the call three times before I finally answered, I wanted to punch myself!”
Once on the phone, Jamil was finally let in on the secret: “She explained that she’d guest-edited the issue, and apologized that the whole thing had been shrouded in so much secrecy. She said she had chosen to feature me because she’d seen what I had been doing and was a fan.” The actress adds: “To know that she had followed my work with I Weigh meant a lot.”
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Gah. I’m on the COVER of the September Issue of VOGUE! 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. I grew up never seeing Pakistani or Indian girls on the cover of magazines, and this means the world to teenage me. I was a also teen model briefly and thought I would have to starve myself to get into Vogue, and it’s a Fucking 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! Thank you @britishvogue for this career highlight and extraordinary life moment that I will Never forget. ❤️ ALSO photographed by one of my FAVOURITES @TheRealPeterLindbergh, and styled by the genius @TheRealGraceCoddington, hair by @BartPumpkin and @SergeNormant, make-up by @TheValGarland and @Diane.Kendal, nails by @LorraineVGriffin and @YukoTsuchihashi. On newsstands Friday 2 August. With legends: @AdutAkech @Gemma_Chan @GretaThunberg @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @AdwoaAboah @JacindaArdern @FrankieGoesToHayward @SomaliBoxer @CTurlington @SalmaHayek @TheSineadBurke @JaneFonda @LaverneCox @yarashahidi
The rest of their phone call sounds frankly delightful, with Jamil calling Meghan “warm, kind, and actually very LOLs.” It turns out that Meghan is a fan of The Good Place, the hit show on which Jamil plays the name-dropping Tahani — and once name-dropped the Duchess of Sussex herself. “She said she loved The Good Place,” Jamil recounts. “I then felt immediately embarrassed that she had seen me joke about her on the show.”
But Meghan of course wasn’t offended: “She said she’s grateful to Tahani for introducing her to Harry,” Jamil shares. “I just replied, ‘You’re welcome.'” It’s fair to say that both of these ladies are an inspiration: for their humor, their kindness, and their genuine efforts to make the world a better place. Thanks, Tahani — er, Jameela!