This article appeared on Vogue.co.uk on March 4, 2019.
Stella McCartney and Oprah Winfrey have been acquaintances for some time. “I f*cking worship her!” the designer told Vogue of dressing the media icon for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018. Winfrey, it transpired, had come to McCartney with a piece of her knitwear and asked her to make something similar. “That’s what we do at the house of Stella McCartney, we design clothes that women choose to wear, as opposed to letting the clothes wear them,” McCartney added of the personal commission.
And so, when it came to pledging support for McCartney’s latest philanthropic project, her friend was happy to oblige. Sitting front row at the Stella McCartney autumn/winter 2019 show next to Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, Karlie Kloss and McCartney’s husband Alasdhair Willis, Winfrey spread the message of McCartney’s “There She Grows” campaign. The newly launched social media initiative strives to protect the Leuser Ecosystem, an area of tropical rain forest in Sumatra, Indonesia, by asking people to dedicate a tree and a message to someone, and then nominating another person to do the same. Funds are channelled into the non-profit organisation Canopy, which protects endangered forests, and the Stella McCartney Cares Foundation, which aims to support aid efforts around the ecosystem.
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Oprah Winfrey and Edward Enninful at the #thereshegrows display at Stella McCartney’s AW19 show in Paris.