Marcus Rashford is to be featured on the cover of British Vogue’s activism-themed issue this month.
The Wythenshawe-born Manchester United star famously partnered with the charity FareShare to deliver the groundbreaking #maketheUturn campaign in June and helped to raise over £20 million to feed around three million vulnerable children across the UK during the summer holidays.
He will appear on the front cover of the prestigious fashion magazine alongside model Adwoa Aboah.
The September issue of British Vogue is traditionally known to be the most important edition of the calendar year and Editor in Chief Edward Enninful has said that the 2020 September issue is a “rallying cry for the future”.
Announcing the news of the front cover feature on his social media platforms yesterday, Marcus Rashford described the honour as “a bit of a surreal moment”.
The September 2020 issue of British Vogue will include the stories of 40 activists described as “The Faces of Hope”.
Among the other activists to feature in the issue are Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, racial justice campaigner Baroness Doreen Lawrence, model Joan Smalls, author Reni Eddo-Lodge, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, and writer Janet Mock.
Rashford and Aboah were photographed by Misan Harriman, who is crucially the first black male photographer to shoot a British Vogue cover in its 104-year history.
The shoot was also done with a predominantly black team on set.
Speaking on the activism which prompted his cover feature, Rashford said: “I’m by no means a politician but I had a voice and a platform that could be used to at least ask the questions. If I didn’t put myself out there and say ‘This is not okay and it needs to change,’ [then] I would have failed my 10-year-old self.”
This is Marcus Rashford’s latest accolade and comes after he became the youngest ever person to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester last month.
Vogue’s Hope issue is a collaboration between all 26 editions of the magazine around the world for the September and October issues, and it marks the first time in Vogue’s 128-year history that all editions are consolidating under a singular editorial theme.
The September 2020 issue of British Vogue will be available on newsstands across the UK and via digital download on Friday 7th August.