Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary cover the August issue of Vogue Australia, on sale July 11. Mario Testino took the photos, and Mary wears an Alex Perry dress on the cover. Mary also wore her new Diamond and Ruby Necklace Tiara and matching earrings.
Mary spoke with Vogue editor-in-chief Edwina McCann and fashion director Christine Centenera about fashion sustainability, gender equality, The Mary Foundation, and being a role model. Below is a preview of the interview.
About fashion sustainability and being a voice for the empowerment of women and girls:
“It will take time to create real and sustainable change. If we are talking about the textile and fashion industry, it is one of the most female-dominated industries in the world and yet many of these working women are voiceless. I do use the platform I have built up over the years as a vocal and passionate voice for the empowerment of women and girls and the protection and respect of their human rights to bring attention to this.”
About being a role model:
“I find it difficult to speak of myself as a role model, as role models are defined by the individual. It is what they see in a person that gives meaning or inspiration to them that makes another person a role model for them. It’s not something I consciously think about. But at the same time, I am very aware of my role and my responsibility. If I can inspire others and if others see something in me that can motivate them, then that’s a big compliment.”
I like what Mary says about being a role model. Role models are defined by the individual and what one person sees as a role model others don’t. It all depends on what one wants in life and which person has those qualities that one wants to emulate.
I also like what Mary says about understanding her role and responsibility. It bothers me when celebs like Justin Bieber or Rihanna say that they aren’t role models, because whether they like it or not there are people who look up to them and view them as role models.
I’d actually really like to read the rest of this interview just to see what else Mary says.
Just to talk about the photos for a minute. This is not the first time Mary has covered Vogue Australia – she did so in December 2004, too. Mary has also covered and given interviews to The Australian Women’s Weekly (twice) and Danish fashion magazine, Euro Woman. So Mary has a history of posing for fashion magazines and giving interviews about her life and work.
Part of me thinks this is a bit low-brow since Mary is just like every other celeb out there who covers and gives interviews to magazines. But part of me likes this because I do like and want to hear from the royals about their work, and this is a good way to promote her causes. So I’m still on the fence about whether I like royals covering magazines. Maybe if it were not a fashion magazine?
As for the cover: There are better portraits of Mary and Fred. They both look overly photoshopped in this cover and Fred looks like he’s in pain. I like that Mary wore a tiara, though, since it makes it seem like a step up from the ordinary celeb cover.
Here’s a close up of the tiara and earrings.