Theresa May is set to become the first Prime Minister to appear on the cover of fashion magazine American Vogue, appearing in their April issue which comes out in March.
It’s said that the top-secret cover shoot took place last week at the Prime Minister’s country home Chequers, near Buckinghamshire.
Long-standing editor of the US magazine Anna Wintour organised the shoot, and brought in acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz to take the shots. Leibovitz has previously snapped pictures of other famous celebrities, including Adele for a Vogue cover in 2016, John Lennon, and even the royal family – most recently the official portrait of Queen Elizabeth and her grandchildren, released as part of her 90th birthday celebrations last year.
[Chequers, where the Vogue photoshoot took place]
May has long been vocal about her love of fashion, admitting on a Desert Island Discs episode that her luxury item would be a subscription to the glossy magazine. The Prime Minister has also been famed for her bold fashion choices, including a stunning red dress she wore to appear at the Sun Military Awards with husband Philip in 2016.
And, although the Prime Minister has received criticism for her interest in fashion, she has always been quick to defend herself, having once been quoted saying, “I like clothes and I like shoes. One of the challenges for women in the workplace is to be ourselves, and I say you can be clever and like clothes. You can have a career and like clothes.”
Theresa is the very first Prime Minister to appear on the cover of US Vogue – while former leader Margaret Thatcher appeared in the UK version of the magazine, she was never asked to appear in the US issue.
However, this isn’t the first time that the fashion bible has championed women in politics. Michelle Obama, the current First Lady ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration on Thursday, appeared on the cover of Vogue’s December issue, while the magazine publically pledged it’s support for former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the run up to the US election.