Ruth Davidson named among Vogue's 25 most influential UK women
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has been named in Vogue magazine's inaugural guide to Britain's 25 most influential and aspirational female figures.
Ms Davidson appears alongside the Duchess of Sussex and singer Dua Lipa on the UK list.
Dubbed Vogue 25, the list is comprised of what the fashion publication says is “an extraordinary cast of leaders defining – and redefining – the way we live now”.
The handpicked women vary in age from 22 (Lipa) to 73 (Baroness Hale, the President of the Supreme Court).
Those named include figures from the worlds of politics, the arts, fashion, media and sport.
Neither Prime Minister Theresa May nor First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the list.
Ms Davidson is praised as a “beacon, thanks to her relatable personality and progressive ideas” among a “sea of old-guard Tories” by the magazine.
The publication also cites the openly gay politician’s “spectacular gains for her party in the last Scottish elections” as a reason for her position on its list.
Following her wedding to Prince Harry on 19 May, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is hailed as a person who “captured the public imagination like no other this year” by Vogue.
The magazine says that Meghan – “one of the most recognisable women in the world” – has an influence that “stretches far beyond the ceaseless coverage of her style – as a bi-racial campaigning feminist from America, she is helping to forge a new 21st-century identity for the monarchy”.
Lipa, who won two Brit Awards earlier this year after being the first woman to receive five nominations on one night, is described by Vogue as a “culture definer”.
“Her hit New Rules, an anthem of female empowerment, laid out a blueprint for modern sex lives and has, to date, had more than a billion views on YouTube,” the magazine says.
The list also includes Harry Potter author JK Rowling, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, Black Panther actress Letitia Wright, fashion designer Stella McCartney, artistic director of the Royal Court Vicky Featherstone and models Edie Campbell and Adwoa Aboah.
Music executive and Skepta’s manager Grace Ladoja, writer and academic Sinead Burke and Collette Roche, the chief operating officer of Manchester United, also appear.
The feature appears in the July issue of Vogue, on sale on Friday, 8 June.
Here’s the full list of The Vogue 25:
Ruth Davidson – Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party
JK Rowling – Author
Sinead Burke – Writer and academic
Grace Ladoja – Music executive
Priyanka Joshi – Biochemist
Karen Blackett – Advertising Director
Dua Lipa – Singer
Carolyn McCall – Chief Executive of ITV
Letitia Wright – Actress
Maria Balshaw – Director of Tate
Edie Campbell – Model
Amal Clooney – Human rights lawyer
Hannah Anderson – Co-founder of social chain
Vicky Featherstone – Artistic Director of the Royal Court
Carole Cadwalladr, Amelia Gentleman and Katharine Viner – Journalists
The Duchess of Sussex – New member of the Royal Family
Yana Peel – CEO of the Serpentine Galleries
Adwoa Aboah – Model
Brenda Hale – President of the Supreme Court
Stella McCartney – Fashion designer
Antonia Romeo – Permanent secretary at the Department for International Trade
Collette Roche – COO of Manchester United
Natalie Kingham – Buying Director at Matches Fashion
Orla Doherty – TV producer and environmentalist
Sue Y Nabi – Beauty innovator