Jacinda Ardern urges us to 'come back to humanity' in promo video for Vogue magazine

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is featured in a new promotional video for British Vogue's upcoming 'Forces for Change' issue, edited by none other than Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

The Duchess is the guest editor of Vogue's imminent September issue, the cover featuring 15 female "trailblazers working tirelessly to change the world for the better" - including Ardern. 

A sneak peek posted to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's official Instagram account, SussexRoyal, shows Ardern alongside the other featured women.

In the footage the Prime Minister offers a solution to the "polarised world", saying she noticed increasing global division over the course of her career.

"I do think there is a solution to that though, and that's ultimately us coming back to the humanity that we all share," she says.

The Duchess of Sussex has spent the last seven months curating content for the project alongside British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful.

It is hoped that the year's most-read fashion issue will steer public discourse towards causes, values and those making an impact on the world.

In an earlier Instagram post, the Duchess of Sussex called the process "rewarding, educational and inspiring."

The Duchess handpicked diverse women for the cover, known for promoting the values of open mindedness, kindness, justice and equality. The sixteenth space on the cover is a mirror, symbolising readers as part of the collective.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama and legendary actress and campaigner Jane Fonda will appear in the issue. An interview between Prince Harry and esteemed ethologist and primatologist Dr Jane Goodall is also set to be a highlight.

"[The Duchess] has worked to create an issue of inclusivity and inspiration, focusing on what connects us rather than what divides us," says the clip's caption on Instagram.

"New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern... generously lent her time to support The Duchess in this important issue. The women met last autumn during Their Royal Highness' official tour of New Zealand.

"Thank you PM Ardern for being an amazing force for change."

The 'Forces of Change' issue will be available on newsstands and digitally on August 2.

Full list of featured women:


  • Adwoa Aboah, Mental health campaigner and model
  • Adut Akech, Model and former refugee
  • Ramla Ali, Boxer
  • Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • Sinead Burke, Diversity advocate and lecturer
  • Gemma Chan, Campaigner and actor
  • Laverne Cox, LGBTQIA+ advocate and actor
  • Jane Fonda, Campaigner and actor
  • Salma Hayek Pinault, Women’s rights advocate, actor and producer
  • Francesca Hayward, Royal Ballet principal dancer
  • Jameela Jamil, Body positivity advocate and actor
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Author
  • Yara Shahidi, Founder of Eighteen x 18 and actor
  • Greta Thunberg, Climate change campaigner and student
  • Christy Turlington Burns, Founder of Every Mother Counts and model