One of the most joyful aspects of my work here at Vogue involves dealing in the art of prophesy, intuiting the mood of the season ahead so as to alert readers to the fashion and culture moments that truly matter, as well as to the faces – both familiar and brand new – who are set to define our times. It is a privilege that I take very seriously indeed; if a person appears in these pages, they are someone of real note, someone who is lighting up their field in important and meaningful ways. So it pleases me greatly to make the following prediction: this month’s cover star, Naomi Scott, will soon be one of Britain’s brightest cultural exports.
A first Vogue cover is a major landmark in any career, and not often one that an actress who has taken only her very first steps to success is ready for. It requires the aligning of stars: an intriguing back story and captivating personal style, to say nothing of a professional CV that is white hot. Naomi is well covered on the latter. In the coming weeks she will become globally famous thanks to her role as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s much anticipated live-action retelling of Aladdin, before taking up duty as one-third of the new Charlie’s Angels this autumn.
But Naomi is more than the sum of her successful auditions. A young Gujarati Indian-Brit from Essex, she is a committed Christian who married at 21, and is balancing a booming career with a set of personal priorities that many unsung women today share. What she has to say about faith and young love is timely and insightful. Of course, I look forward to seeing Naomi dazzle in Aladdin and kick ass in Charlie’s Angels, but I’m also excited to see how she is going to energise a whole generation of British girls and young women, who will look at her story, her religion, her style and work ethic, and see a different sort of ingénue from the sort that Hollywood used to fall for. Reading her cover story, the message is crystal clear: everyone can dream big.
There’s always a thrill to celebrating the new, especially as spring kicks off in earnest. This moment in fashion is
all about beautiful lines, popping colours, the chicest contemporary designers and the crispest, most covetable looks. Whether it is four of the trailblazing actresses who are starring in the grand finale of Game of Thrones, or model Anna Ewers channelling the power moves of the 1980s, the mood is all about confidence. I am pleased to be able to include work from some of my star fashion editors, too, from Grace Coddington to Joe McKenna. Like all of the magazine’s top guard, Grace and Joe understand the true nuances of styling; that it is an art that goes further than clothes.
People often ask me what makes Vogue shoots so special, and it is this: they have a fundamental link to the world we are living in. It may not always be immediately obvious, but it’s always there.