Jameela Jamil was one of 15 influential women that Meghan Markle chose to spotlight during her guest-editor stint at British Vogue — and the feeling of admiration is mutual.
This weekend, British Vogue unveiled the cover of its September issue, which was curated by the Duchess of Sussex, 37. It features ‘world-leading women who are reshaping public life for global good,’ including the likes of Michelle Obama, Christy Turlington, Yara Shahidi — and Jameela, 33.
And Jameela was quite thrilled about the honor and be singled out by the Duchess, telling the Today show: ‘I b****y love her. I think she’s fantastic.’
Such a fan! Jameela Jamil spoke about talking to Meghan Markle on the phone, saying: ‘I b****y love her’
She said: ‘She’s very gracious and kind and warm and intelligent. So I think I’ll probably never forget this as long as I live’
A big deal: Jameela, 33, is one of 15 women featured on the cover of the September issue of British Vogue
Her eye: Megan, 37, guest-edited the issue and spotlighted women she believes are making a positive impact in the world
Jameela, who has been an outspoken advocate for body positivity, diversity, and having healthy attitudes about food and eating, was thrilled to be personally chosen by Meghan to appear in the special issue.
She was also excited to speak to the woman herself.
‘It was an incredible honor to get to talk to her over the phone,’ she said. ‘She’s very gracious and kind and warm and intelligent. So I think I’ll probably never forget this as long as I live.’
Speaking with Meghan and being recognized her was one thing. But for Jameela, it was also an incredible privilege to nab a Vogue cover — and the September issue, no less.
‘I remember being a teenage model when I was 15 starving myself thinking that would bring me success or something like a cover of Vogue,’ she said.
‘And it’s so amazing to find myself, 20 years later, and 30lbs. heavier, actually being on the cover.
Jameela has had complimentary things to say about the Duchess of Sussex in the past — and vice versa.
In May, the official @sussexroyal Instagram account shared by Meghan and Prince Harry followed Jameela’s body-positive ‘I weigh’ campaign on the social media platform.
Thrilled: Jameela, pictured left in 2011 and right in 2019, said when she was a teen model she’d ‘starve herself thinking that would bring me success or something like a cover of Vogue’
Admirer: Jameela has had plenty of nice things to say about Meghan — and Prince Harry — in the past
Mutual fans: Previously, the @sussexroyal account had spotlighted Jameela’s ‘I Weigh’ campaign on Instagram and followed the account for it
At the time, they chose @i_weigh as one of 16 mental health positivity accounts to promote, writing: ‘May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US and May 13-19 is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK.
‘To pay tribute to all of the incredible work people across the globe are doing in this space, we are hoping to shine a light on several Instagram accounts that promote mental well-being, mental fitness, body positivity, self-care, and the importance of human connection — to not just hear each other, but to listen.’
Jameela was thrilled, writing on Twitter and Instagram that it was ‘wild’ and ‘such an honor!’
That same month, she gushed even more to Life & Style.
‘I love Meghan Markle so much,’ she said.
‘She’s such a breath of fresh air and she had to overcome so much racism and so much classism when she was entering the royal family, just because she happened to fall in love with a man who’s in that family.
‘I think she’s really going to revolutionize things,’ she went on. ‘And I think Harry’s great. I’ve always been a massive fan of his and so I think together they’re amazing.’