Yesterday, Downing Street confirmed that Theresa May will become the first British Prime Minister to cover US Vogue, when the April 2017 issue of the magazine hits stands. While Margaret Thatcher posed for British Vogue on a number of occasions, no UK leader – female or otherwise – has modelled for the original, American, version of the fashion bible. Quite an achievement for the 60-year-old.
May, who’s well-known for her love of fashion, reportedly posed for lauded portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz at Chequers – the country house retreat for the PM.
The cover is clearly a promotional move that May was keen to do. She admitted that a lifetime’s subscription to the magazine would be her luxury item when she appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ programme.
This may be the first time a British Prime Minister has scored a Vogue cover, but it’s by no means the first time a woman working – or associated – with politics has covered a glossy. Samantha Cameron never scooped a Vogue cover during her time at No. 10, but she did pose for Harper’s Bazaar while her husband was the Tory party leader. And Michelle Obama modelled for a whole host of leading titles (US Vogue included) during her eight years in the White House.
Above, see how many of these magazine covers you remember.