In Summary
  • We can now forecast the soon to be Duchess-something or other will be on the cover of Vogue. But it really won’t matter.
  • Meghan is generally rather unfazed by the attention. She is 36. She considers herself a fully formed woman.
  • Her style is not just what she wears, it is who we all think she is.

We knew it was coming. And if we didn’t we have yet to learn the predictable nature of fashion. I am talking about the royal engagement. Meghan Markle caught our attention years ago if the Suits fans I have met are anything to go by.

Playing a role not dissimilar to what it appears her real life persona is — level-headed and uber smart — her rise as a fashion icon has been so swift she is the current cover of Vanity Fair, the magazine we forget about when it comes to pop culture and society.

We can now forecast the soon to be Duchess-something or other will be on the cover of Vogue. But it really won’t matter. She has already earned her street cred. Her engagement dress has sold out, but, naturally, it has been reissued.

There is already the inevitable: The Meghan Markle Effect. Remember it? It was first the Michelle Obama Effect, then there was a Kate Middleton Effect. Now it’s another woman’s turn.

It wasn’t always this way for Meghan. In as much as style magazines documented her Suits style — personally I have always preferred Jessica’s power suits and potent, alpha female sexual presence — she had a nice enough reputation until news broke that she was Prince Harry’s girlfriend, aka the world’s most eligible bachelor.

Then it was realised she is biracial, with a black mother and white father. She does not particularly look it. So it was a surprise to a lot of people. It was also hostile fodder for social media who turned it into a race issue. Never mind that she was American and not the least bit British or royal, and that she was in fact, a divorcee. She had a lifestyle blog filled with intelligent, thoughtful pieces that she has since shut down.

The explosion of Meghan’s style leans heavily on her beauty and her Hollywood career. But, it is also the result of what led to the Michelle Obama Effect. Meghan is generally rather unfazed by the attention. She is 36. She considers herself a fully formed woman. Her style is not just what she wears, it is who we all think she is.

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