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The women shaping the UK: From Meghan (and her wedding dress designer) to Fleabag star Phoebe, Vogue lists the country's Top 25 female high-fliers

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Meghan Markle wearing a black shirt: Vogue proclaimed the Duchess of Sussex one of the country’s most important women for the second year in a row, saying she is ‘very much a modern princess’ © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Vogue proclaimed the Duchess of Sussex one of the country’s most important women for the second year in a row, saying she is ‘very much a modern princess’ The Duchess of Sussex has been joined by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge and leading female police chiefs in a list of Britain’s 25 most important women.

It has been compiled by Vogue magazine and is the second to appear under the fashion bible’s new editor, Edward Enninful.

This year’s list is a world away from the pretty socialites of yesteryear and appears to reflect Mr Enninful’s mission to increase the diversity of the people who featured in the pages of the magazine.

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Knife crime campaigners and environmental champions are among the eclectic names included, a dozen or so of which are likely to be unfamiliar to many.

The magazine’s chart, Vogue 25, claims to showcase the ‘high-powered and visionary women whose work is shaping Britain’s future’. Noticeably, it omits the Queen and Theresa May, the country’s two most powerful women.

Instead, it includes such figures as 21-year-old singer Jorja Smith – who Vogue praises for finding success despite not being signed to a major label – and BBC broadcaster Emily Maitlis. Make-up artist Pat McGrath, described as a ‘tastemaker’ and ‘beauty innovator’, makes the list for ‘stealthily dictating the contents of our make-up bags through her countless boundary-pushing magazine editorials and fashion shows’.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MAY 30: Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain poses after winning the women's 200m during Stockholm - 2019 Diamond League at at Stockholms Olympiastadion on May 30, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Marco Mantovani/Getty Images) © 2019 Marco Mantovani STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - MAY 30: Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain poses after winning the women's 200m during Stockholm - 2019 Diamond League at at Stockholms Olympiastadion on May 30, 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Marco Mantovani/Getty Images)

Vogue proclaims Meghan one of the country’s most important women for the second year in a row, saying she is ‘very much a modern princess’.

It also hails her ‘feminist’ approach to motherhood, saying: ‘The quietly revolutionary decision she and Prince Harry took to keep their child’s birth private echoes the commitment to wellness she was known for prior to her new life, as well as her feminist ideals.’

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Clare Waight Keller, who designed Meghan’s wedding dress, also made the list.

While last year’s list was littered with celebrities, Vogue goes for a decidedly more businesslike approach for the 2019 version.

This year’s line-up is graced with MPs, campaigners and three police chiefs, as well as the likes of Fleabag star Miss Waller-Bridge and Oscar-winner Olivia Colman.

Best Actress winner for 'The Favourite' Olivia Colman poses in the press room with her Oscar during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2019. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images) Best Actress winner for 'The Favourite' Olivia Colman poses in the press room with her Oscar during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2019. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Actress and writer Miss Waller-Bridge, who has been brought in to write for the new Bond film, is celebrated for ‘capturing a mood’ and rising from relative obscurity to worldwide fame.

‘In the past 12 months, a stellar first series of Killing Eve, and second of Fleabag have transformed Waller-Bridge from cult comedian to global star,’ Vogue says.

It goes on to say that Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Lynne Owens, director general of the National Crime Agency, and Sara Thornton, chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, are having influence in every corner of the country.

Luciana Berger, a member of parliament with the Independent Group, leaves a building after media interviews near Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, Britain February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson © Thomson Reuters Luciana Berger, a member of parliament with the Independent Group, leaves a building after media interviews near Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, Britain February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Former Labour MP Luciana Berger, who quit the party to form Change UK before going independent again, also made the list.

Joining her are supermodel Naomi Campbell for her philanthropic work in Africa, and diplomat Karen Pierce, the permanent UK representative to the United Nations. Knife crime campaigner Busayo Oyedoyin and Glaswegian singer Sophie also feature, as does climate change campaigner Polly Higgins, who died of cancer on Easter Sunday.

Vogue said it had based its list on the questions: ‘What are the most pressing issues of our time? And who demands the abil

The Vogue 25 

DOHA, QATAR - MAY 03:  Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain celebrates winning the Women's 200 metres during the IAAF Diamond League event at the Khalifa International Stadium on May 03, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images DOHA, QATAR - MAY 03: Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain celebrates winning the Women's 200 metres during the IAAF Diamond League event at the Khalifa International Stadium on May 03, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Dina Asher-Smith, Athlete

Luciana Berger smiling for the camera: Former Labour MP Luciana Berger, who quit the party to form Change UK before going independent again, also made the list © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Former Labour MP Luciana Berger, who quit the party to form Change UK before going independent again, also made the list

Luciana Berger, Member of Parliament

Julie Bogaert, Social media insider

Naomi Campbell speaks onstage at the American Icon Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Naomi Campbell speaks onstage at the American Icon Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Naomi Campbell, Model and philanthropist

a close up of Olivia Colman: Oscar-winner Olivia Colman made the list © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Oscar-winner Olivia Colman made the list

Olivia Colman, Actor

Marsha De Cordova, the MP for Battersea © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Marsha De Cordova, the MP for Battersea

Marsha De Cordova, Member of Parliament

BOGNOR REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 03:  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits University of Chichester's Engineering and Digital Technology Park during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Bognor Regis, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen.  The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage) © 2018 Samir Hussein BOGNOR REGIS, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 03: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits University of Chichester's Engineering and Digital Technology Park during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Bognor Regis, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. The Duke and Duchess married on May 19th 2018 in Windsor and were conferred The Duke & Duchess of Sussex by The Queen. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

The Duchess of Sussex, Member of the royal family

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18:   Chris Harper and Marianne Elliott   arrive at The 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on November 18, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images) © 2018 David M. Benett LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Chris Harper and Marianne Elliott arrive at The 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on November 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Marianne Elliott, Theatre director

Bana Gora, Director of the Muslim Women’s Council

Polly Higgins, Climate change campaigner

Emily Maitlis sitting on a bench posing for the camera: This year’s list is a world away from the pretty socialites of yesteryear and appears to reflect the fashion bible’s new editor Edward Enninful’s mission to increase the diversity of the people who featured in the pages of the magazine. BBC broadcaster Emily Maitlis also made the list © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This year’s list is a world away from the pretty socialites of yesteryear and appears to reflect the fashion bible’s new editor Edward Enninful’s mission to increase the diversity of the people who featured in the pages of the magazine. BBC broadcaster Emily Maitlis also made the list

Emily Maitlis, News broadcaster

Marie Rouanet posing for the camera: Frances Morris, director of the Tate Modern © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Frances Morris, director of the Tate Modern

Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern

a woman taking a selfie: Make-up artist Pat McGrath, described as a ‘tastemaker’ and ‘beauty innovator’, makes the list for ‘stealthily dictating the contents of our make-up bags through her countless boundary-pushing magazine editorials and fashion shows’ © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Make-up artist Pat McGrath, described as a ‘tastemaker’ and ‘beauty innovator’, makes the list for ‘stealthily dictating the contents of our make-up bags through her countless boundary-pushing magazine editorials and fashion shows’

Pat McGrath, Beauty innovator

Busayo Oyedoyin, Knife-crime campaigner

Karen Pierce et al. standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Karen Pierce, the British Ambassador to the United Nations, made the list for her role as a diplomat. She is pictured here with the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Karen Pierce, the British Ambassador to the United Nations, made the list for her role as a diplomat. She is pictured here with the Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya

Karen Pierce, Diplomat

Alison Lithgow posing for the camera: Banker Alison Rose © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Banker Alison Rose

Alison Rose, Banker

Alex Scott standing posing for the camera: Alex Scott, football broadcaster © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Alex Scott, football broadcaster

Alex Scott, Football broadcaster

Joanna Shields posing for the camera: Tech CEO Joanna Shields © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tech CEO Joanna Shields

Joanna Shields, Tech CEO

a woman wearing a microphone: It includes such figures as 21-year-old singer Jorja Smith – who Vogue praises for finding success despite not being signed to a major label © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited It includes such figures as 21-year-old singer Jorja Smith – who Vogue praises for finding success despite not being signed to a major label

Jorja Smith, Singer

Sophie, Producer and singer

a woman in a dress: Model Fran Summers © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Model Fran Summers

Fran Summers, Model

Margherita Turco, Scientist

a person posing for a picture: Clare Waight Keller, fashion designer © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Clare Waight Keller, fashion designer

Clare Waight Keller, Fashion designer

Phoebe Waller-Bridge wearing a red dress: She was joined by Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge for ‘capturing a mood’ and rising from relative obscurity to worldwide fame © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She was joined by Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge for ‘capturing a mood’ and rising from relative obscurity to worldwide fame

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Screenwriter and actor

Knife crime campaigners and environmental champions are among the eclectic names included, a dozen or so of which are likely to be unfamiliar to many. Pictured: Met police commissioner Cressida Dick © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Knife crime campaigners and environmental champions are among the eclectic names included, a dozen or so of which are likely to be unfamiliar to many. Pictured: Met police commissioner Cressida Dick

Cressida Dick, Lynne Owens and Sara Thornton, Women of the Police

ity to inspire, and the clout to change the conversation?’

The July 2019 issue of British Vogue is out today. 

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