And they’re stunning.
Meghan Markle is one of the most talked-about women in the world, making news this week for not only guest-editing British Vogue but also for the announcement that she was launching a women’s workwear capsule collection.
Taking to her Sussex Royal Instagram this week, the Duchess of Sussex opened up about the collection in collaboration with Smart Works charity. But it wasn’t the news that got everyone talking, but instead the photos that accompanied it, with the royal sharing a series of photographs of the collection being created - AKA a lot of never before seen photos of Meghan Markle during her pregnancy.
‘We are proud to be supporting a very special initiative this autumn for @SmartWorksCharity!,’ read the Sussex Royal post. ‘After quiet visits to Smartworks over the last year, The Duchess was moved by the impactful work being done by this non profit organisation that helps women into the workforce, equipping them with both the skills and clothes they need to feel job-ready.’
The caption continued: ‘Throughout her visits she noticed that while the donations were plentiful, they were also notably a combination of mismatched items and colours which weren’t always the right stylistic choices or sizes that didn’t necessarily “suit” the job at hand: to make a woman feel confident and inspired as she walked into her job interview.
‘As a result, launching this autumn, The Duchess will be supporting a collective to help equip the women of Smart Works with the key workwear essentials they need as they enter into the workplace. This initiative is supported by four generous brands who share the vision to empower the women of Smart Works to look and feel 💯 as they bravely venture in to what can often be a daunting environment for those who have been out of the job market.
‘The brands have come together to work towards this united force for good, “[reframing] the idea of charity as community,” as The Duchess writes in a piece for this month’s British Vogue. They will follow the 1:1 model where an item from the collection purchased is an item shared with a woman of Smart Works because “not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together.” For more information on how you can be part of another woman’s success story visit @smartworkscharity.’
Well, this is very exciting.
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