Marks & Spencer launched their autumn collection with a campaign that celebrates 12 British women from very diverse backgrounds and professions, who have made it to the top. The ‘Meet Britain’s Leading Ladies’ campaign features an Oscar winning actress, a life changing charity CEO, an Olympic gold medalist, a ground breaking artist, an inspiring nurse of the year and more.
It’s refreshing to see a campaign with an empowering message, and Annie Leibowitz did an amazing job of capturing the strength and individual style portrayed by each woman featured in the campaign.
Here’s a little information about the amazing women featured in ‘Meet Britain’s Leading Ladies’:
One of the world’s biggest screen and stage stars, Dame Helen Mirren has four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes and an Oscar to her name. Her elegance and fabulous figure have also ensured her reputation as a style icon.
Darcey Bussell CBE is among the most accomplished English ballerinas of all time. She retired in 2007 to an eight-minute standing ovation at London’s Royal Opera House, and has gone on to write children’s fiction and become a popular television personality.
With an impressive vocal range and a piercing vibrato, not to mention multi-instrumental and songwriting skills, Ellie Goulding is the ultimate modern music role model.
Multi-talented supermodel and music artist Karen Elson is recognized the world over for her distinctive red hair, translucent skin and piercing blue eyes. Her international success has been driven by her determination and independent spirit.
In just 12 months, Laura Mvula has transformed from a stage-shy receptionist
into a Brit Award-nominated, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter. And now
she can add model to her list of talents.
Within a year of obtaining her degree, award-winning nurse Helen Allen founded PEP AIDS – a charity working to alleviate poverty and HIV /AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, which is now in its 12th year.
In 2008, model Katie Piper was the victim of an acid attack. She has gone on to rebuild her life, becoming a successful TV presenter and setting up the Katie Piper Foundation, which supports people with burns and other disfigurements.
During London 2012, Nicola Adams became the first-ever female boxer
to win an Olympic gold medal. Her life will never be the same again.
A self-taught writer with a passion for books, Monica Ali’s debut novel Brick Lane was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and adapted into a film. Three novels on, she remains one of the UK ’s most acerbic and supremely elegant writers.
After working her way up to a top director’s role at a leading international business, Jasmine Whitbread decided to use her expertise to help charities – first at Oxfam and now as international CE O of Save the Children
Tracey Emin CBE was a leading figure in the Young British Artists (YBA) movement of the nineties, and is now one of the UK ’s most renowned contemporary creatives. She’s known for her sometimes controversial, but always groundbreaking art.
Creative Director of US Vogue
Kudos to Marks & Spencer for choosing to celebrate and highlight accomplished women who are role models and success stories in their own rights. It’s a far cry from the usual sexualized and stereotypical fashion campaigns we see on a regular basis. The fact that the clothes are beautiful too is just icing on the cake.
Until next time,