In 2022, the word “source of inspiration” is used so indiscriminately that it risks losing its meaning. But how else to describe the names that make up this year vogue 25? The list, compiled to spotlight the UK’s most influential women, is driven by culture and the events of the day, and features extraordinary women excelling in all walks of life, from Sonia Boyce to Baroness Amos, Emma Raducanu to Jodie Comer. Yet this year, the editors paid particular attention to these women who have endured unimaginable hardship and demonstrated a resilience that gives us all strength. Take Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who in March was reunited with her family after being detained for six years in Iran. Or Jebina Yasmin Islam, whose sister, Sabina Nessa, was murdered last September. Jebina agreed to be photographed for vogue as part of its work to raise awareness of male violence against women. Bringing personal tragedy to the benefit of others is indeed inspiring.
“I don’t know how I would have felt if I hadn’t had a baby,” says a tearful but happy Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, just months after being allowed to return to the UK from Iran. where she was arrested for espionage. in 2016 and imprisoned, in solitary confinement or under house arrest, ever since. “When I thought it was never gonna end, it was her [Gabriella, her daughter] the love that brought me back to life. She is the embodiment of resilience. “You go through prison and then you come out. Life goes on.” Although she admits that “her recovery will be a bumpy road,” she is amazed at how “I look like a normal person. I can laugh.
For a long time no one knew the true identity of PinkPantheress, the 21-year-old South Londoner whose ’90s and early 2000s-inspired ‘new nostalgia’ music topped TikTok last year (her track ‘Just For Me” has been used in nearly two million TikTok videos alone). Pink is now a certified global phenomenon, with a US tour under her belt, over a billion streams on Spotify and the winner of the prestigious BBC Sound Of 2022 title. What is it about her music that, according to she resonates so deeply with her peers? “There’s a youthfulness and naivety to the lyrics that we would have had when we were teenagers,” she says.
Politician and diplomat
At each stage of her career, Baroness Valérie Amos has paved the way for others: the first black British woman appointed to the cabinet, as well as Speaker of the House of Lords, she became at 61 years old director of London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies, making her the first black woman to head a UK university. This year, at age 68, she made history again, as she was appointed to the Order of the Garter, making her the first lady or companion black knight. Though long overdue, Amos’ pioneering accomplishments continue to amaze and inspire.
Dressed in a cash silver jumpsuit embroidered with delicate flowers, Victoria Beckham put her own inimitable twist on wedding guest attire at her son Brooklyn’s nuptials this spring, inevitably sparking a new trend (Net-a-Porter saw a 200% increase in searches for dresses with metallic straps). Meanwhile, the April launch of VB Body – a permanent capsule collection of affordable bodycon basics – shows that the designer’s staple aesthetic is still catnip for consumers.
Founder, Uoma Beauty
Launched in 2019, Sharon Chuter’s Nigerian-born, London-based brand Uoma Beauty has already proven to be a disruptor in the beauty space with its desirable and inclusive makeup range. But it’s his Pull Up For Change campaign that’s really changing the face of the industry. By lobbying companies to be transparent about diversity, an estimated 4,000 black professionals have found new work, while the Later Impact Fund provides grants to support founders and emerging black businesses .
Ever since she burst onto screens in a Molly Goddard pink tulle scum as Kill Eve‘s Villanelle, Jodie Comer has proven to be one of our most versatile actresses – as well as one who isn’t afraid to tackle pressing issues. This year she won a BAFTA for her portrayal of a carer engulfed by the Covid-19 crisis in Channel 4’s harrowing To helpwhile his resounding West End debut in At first glance blew critics away and reinvigorated conversations around sexual consent. Due to reach Broadway next spring, Comer has the world at her feet – and we’re all watching.
Co-Leader, Green Party
In May’s local elections, the Green Party – co-led in England and Wales by 36-year-old Carla Denyer, who was named to the post alongside Adrian Ramsay – celebrated record results, winning seats in the three main parties. There may still be some way to go before he replicates that success in parliament, but as the party’s representation expands across the country, there is no doubt that its policies and messages resonate. more vividly than ever, nor any doubt that the foundations have been laid for more Green MPs to arrive in 2024.
General Secretary, Unite
As inflation hits its highest level in 40 years and wages stagnate, Sharon Graham finds herself at the head of the UK’s largest union, Unite – a position to which she was appointed last year, making her the first woman to hold the position – in one of the most turbulent times for the British workforce. Chosen for her focus on workers, wages and conditions, rather than influencing policy, her mission to tackle the profiteering corporate sector has already resulted in 43 pay deals worth £25million for a total of 12,000 workers. The next one in his sights? Amazon.