Hopefully you’ve already sprinted to your nearest newsagent to buy this week’s UH-mazing Jubilee-themed issue of Grazia? This one-off special not only features the queen of cool herself, Jessie J, but an array of other Jubilee-inspired features. Including (and we’re particularly proud of this one), a rather awesome round-up of British talent.
A cool list like no other, The New Rule Britannia Crew (page 72!) features 25 women, all British, all on the cusp of super-stardom. How did we possibly whittle down all the incredible home-grown talent to just 25 names? In true patriotic style, we asked the most prominent names in British culture to nominate them. We covered everything from fashion, film, politics, literature, art, theatre and music, approaching some of the biggest and most high profile names in these fields.
Like who, we hear you cry? Well, for starters, chick-lit-author-turned-Conservative-supremo, Louise Mensch picked a political protégée; Chloe Smith. At 30, Chloe, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, is the country’s youngest MP. Louise has piped her as potentially ‘the first women Chancellor.’ Meanwhile Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes nominated his small screen darling, Michelle Dockery (that’s Lady Mary Crawley to you). Designer Lulu Kennedy cherry-picked fashion newbie Simone Rocha – daughter of John - as her ‘one to watch,’ whilst legendary photographer Rankin nominated the stylist Kim Howells, saying; ‘She’ll change the way we think about style.’ Praise indeed.
Jo Whiley, David Gandy, India Knight and Paul Smithcontributed, too (amongst others). We’ve run their quotes alongside images of the women they’ve nominated; some newly established, others relative unknowns. That won’t be the case for much longer, though. Over the next few years – these women will become household names. Mark our words.
By Scarlett Russell