This year's September Vogue issue on 'Activism Now' focuses on faces of hope, and features a collaboration between One Young World and BMW.
This collaboration was catalysed by One Young World Ambassador Laurel Buchanan who was inspired by #OYW2019 to create an impact within her role as a Content Manager for a global media company.
The September issue of #BritishVogue is an ode to the extraordinary voices, old and young, who in this difficult year have devoted their energies to fighting for a fairer society. “This movement is setting to change their own pathway,” #DrBerniceAKing, daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, tells @AfuaHirsch of the eruption of activism that has elevated the visibility of legendary figures from past battles, as well as ushering in a new generation of young activists and campaigners. From #PhyllOpoku-Gyimah, AKA @LadyPhyll, co-founder of @UKBlackPride, and #MunroeBergdorf, model and activist, to #ReniEddoLodge, bestselling author of ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race’, see the portfolio of global voices for change in the September 2020 issue of #BritishVogue, on newsstands and available for digital download Friday 7 August. And read the full story at the link in bio. #VogueHope. Featuring: @ReniEddoLodge Yvette Williams @OfficialJ4G @IAmPatrickHutchinson @OsopePatrisse @ClaraAmfo @BerniceAKing @JanayaTheFuture @FDwyer1980 Brittany Packnett Cunningham @MsPackyetti Photographed by @MisanHarriman, @KingTexas, @ChriseanRose and @KidNoble.
Each year, BMW supports 35 promising individuals under 35 in attending the One Young World Summit. The Vogue article features three BMW delegates who attended the London Summit - Lena Kupijai, Julia Graf, and Anna Goldhofer - and their groundbreaking project, Polycycle. Polycycle uses repurposed plastic waste to create car floor mats, minimising the use of new plastic and greatly impacting the sustainability of BMW vehicles.
The article also spotlights Luke Gibson and Victoria Turner, creators of Two Degrees. Two Degrees is a unique deck shoe company that incorporates rubber outsoles made from recycled tyres, ecologically tanned waste leather that safely biodegrades in landfill, and fully recyclable, low carbon shipper-shoebox. The company has also protected more that 1.2 million square ft of endangered rainforest in Mexico, Ecuador and Argentina through an offsetting partnership with World Land Trust.
The magazine cover is shot by Misan Harriman, the first black male photographer to shoot a British Vogue cover. Misan also photographed OYW’s 2019 Summit opening ceremony.
The first Forces for Change September issue was curated by OYW Counsellor Megan Markle in 2019, and featured OYW Counsellor and diversity advocate Sinead Burke alongside change makers such as Jacinda Ardern, Jameela Jamil and Chimamanda Ngozi Adhichie.