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Footballer Marcus Rashford makes the front page of Vogue in the Black Lives Matter edition


Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford created the front page of a special issue of British Vogue on Black Lives Matter.

The 22-year-old footballer shared a photo of the cover on Twitter and said he was "humble" to be recognized for his campaign to help vulnerable children, which led to a government turnaround in free school meals.

Rashford appears on the cover alongside mental health activist and model Adwoa Aboah and 18 other global activists known as "faces of hope".

The football player teamed up with FareShare, a poverty and food waste charity, in March to raise over £ 20m to ensure that children receive school meals during the ban.

As the government plans to end free school meals for around three million children this summer, the Manchester United star wrote to MPs on June 15, pleading with them to "protect the vulnerable".

His poignant letter was widespread and caused the government to turn around quickly.

He also shared his own experience of growing up in poor conditions and said in his interview with Vogue: "I would have failed anyone who helped me get to where I am today if I hadn't lay down and said would have: "This is not okay – and it has to change. "" In fact, I would have let my 10-year-old me down. "

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford can be seen on the cover of the September issue of Vogue, along with mental health activist and model Adwoa Aboah and 18 other global activists who are known as "faces of hope".

The 22-year-old soccer player shared a photo of the cover on Twitter and said he was

The 22-year-old soccer player shared a photo of the cover on Twitter and said he was "humble" to be recognized for his campaign to help vulnerable children

Other highlighted activists include Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, windrush activist Patrick Vernon, and Doreen Lawrence, founder of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

The edition was curated by Edward Enninful, editor-in-chief of British Vogue.

The photos of Rashford and the other activists were taken by Misan Harriman, the first black male photographer to photograph a Vogue cover in 104 years of history.

It comes after the Black Lives Matter movement has spread around the world after the horrific police murder of George Floyd.

Mr. Enninful himself said he was racially profiled in July when a security guard, who not only did not recognize him but also told him to use the artisan's entrance in the back of the building, entered Vogue House in Mayfair was denied.

For Rashford, it is the latest form of recognition after its campaign to protect endangered headlines worldwide.

The footballer highlighted how his own experiences in Wythenshawe, south of Manchester, drove his desire to help the less fortunate.

Speaking to Vogue, Rashford said: “As an athlete, failure is part of everyday life. You lose a game, you jump back to the next one. You lose in a cup final, you come back stronger next season.

In this case, I would not have stood up for all the people who had no voice.

Vogue editor Edward Enninful (pictured at Somerset House in November 2016) announced that he had become a victim of "racial profiles" in his own office

Vogue editor Edward Enninful (pictured at Somerset House in November 2016) announced that he had become a victim of "racial profiles" in his own office

Rashford, who was an inspiration for his charity work, was humble at the moment

Rashford, who was an inspiration for his charity work, was humble at the moment

& # 39; This was a topic I could deal with. "I had experienced that. My mother had experienced that. We had experienced that as a family.

"I always swore to my mother that if I could help one day I would and it was an opportunity. I took a risk, yes. But I reduced the risk by continuing my education. I had listened and talked to those affected.

“I had worked with FareShare before the ban and saw firsthand how parents depended on food banks and the support of food vouchers.

“I had heard stories from parents, caregivers, headmasters and my partner FareShare for weeks and felt obliged to give them the opportunity to share their stories and hear their voices.

"People talked, but nobody really listened. I am by no means a politician, but I had a voice and a platform on which one could at least ask the questions. & # 39;

Rashford received praise for his campaign and will even receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester, the youngest recipient in the history of the award.

However, the footballer insisted that his focus was still on helping those who need it.

Just a few days after the Premier League ended, he posted a series of photos of him and FairShare on Instagram at a grocery store.

Rashford helped in a FareShare factory shortly after the Premier League ended

Rashford helped in a FareShare factory shortly after the Premier League ended

Rashford received praise for his campaign and will even receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester

Rashford received praise for his campaign and will even receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester

He told Vogue: “Many athletes and clubs work in the communities. You may not always hear about it, but that does not mean that it is not.

“I was instilled in myself at a young age to use my voice to help others, and I have a great team around me that has always encouraged me to be just myself.

"On a sensitive subject like this, it was enough to be myself because nobody could tell my childhood story better than I could."

“Not many people can disagree (with the fact) that children shouldn't skip meals and go to bed hungry.

When the U-turn came, I was shocked. Up until that point, we had little communication with key decision makers, but my shock soon became a pride.

“The British take care of it and we have shown how much we can get together to change so many lives.

"Should we have to do it? Absolutely not. But we have shown that we have compassion for one another at a time when we were somewhat divided. & # 39;

The football player also explained how he was inspired by the spread of activism and demonstrations after the murder of George Floyd.

His death sparked rage worldwide, and the Black Lives Matter movement protested in several major cities, including the UK.

Rashford said, "I am a black man from a black family and will eventually have black children. I want my children to grow up in a world where, regardless of skin color, you have the same chances of being successful in life.

“Nobody is more important than the other. The nice thing about the government's about-face was that we all came together – regardless of race, gender, religion and origin.

“We all agreed that our children should be looked after – all of our children. We were together in this feeling.

& # 39; That was a powerful moment. I don't think I've been so proud.

& # 39; (But) we only scratch the surface of the problem.

“Child poverty is a big problem in the UK. With the U-turn we bought a little time. The meal voucher program is far from perfect, but it's a start.

“Access to food is the most basic human need, and existing systems are not always designed to support our most vulnerable people.

“We need a framework that sustainably supports families and children who need access to food, especially because of this pandemic with so high unemployment.

“I have the conversations, I ask the questions and hopefully we can continue to push this in a positive direction.

"No child in this country should go hungry … end of story."

British Vogue said the topic was "an ode to the extraordinary voices, most of whom are women who were crucial to change".

Read the full article in the September issue of British Vogue, which will be available for digital download and kiosk this Friday.

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