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Oprah Winfrey is the cover star of the August 2018 issue of British Vogue. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and styled by Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, with hair by Nicole Mangrum and Malcolm Edwards, and make-up by Derrick Rutledge, Winfrey wears a custom-made taffeta gown by Stella McCartney and white-and-yellow-diamond and emerald earrings by Buccellati.
Inside the issue, the media icon discusses race, feminism, her Royal wedding appearance, the loves and losses in her life – and that rumoured move into politics – in a rare one-on-one interview with writer Decca Aitkenhead.
It was following her rousing Time’s Up speech at this year’s Golden Globes that talk of Oprah 2020 reached fever pitch. But anyone hoping a presidential bid might be in the works for Winfrey will be sadly disappointed. “In that political structure – all the non-truths, the bullshit, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on – I feel like I could not exist,” Winfrey says. “I would not be able to do it. It’s not a clean business. It would kill me.”
Winfrey goes on to explain how she squares her spirituality and self-help advocacy with the #Metoo and Time’s Up movements. “People talk about ‘these are such dark times’, but what if we shift the paradigm? Because I see it differently,” she asserts. “I see, ‘Isn’t this remarkable that we’re waking up?’ For years, women have endured craziness. This is what’s happening to people. They’re allowing themselves to not just become corroded, but to become hysterical. You’ve got to lean to the happiness.”
Earlier this summer, Winfrey was one of a handful of Hollywood guests at the nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. What was her takeaway from the day? “It left me feeling that anything is possible through the power of love. Reverend Curry was right!” The star also reveals how wedding guest dressing can still be a minefield, even when you’re Oprah. Two days before the wedding, Winfrey looked at a photo of the cream dress she had commissioned from Stella McCartney and realised it “looked white, not cream. I Googled, ‘Can you wear white to a wedding? Answer: ‘No, don’t risk it.” In the end, McCartney worked round the clock to remake it in pink, to headline-grabbing effect.
Read the full interview with Winfrey in the August issue, which is out on newsstands on July 6.
This article originally appeared in Vogue.