RKM Pulse: Your Media & Culture Update

Welcome to Pulse, RKM’s media news update. Every month we’ll share the latest in the publishing and beauty industry, from newspaper revamps to changes in influencer marketing. Read on to find out what’s happening this month.

Vogue Assemble a Fierce All-Female May Cover

A new mood is slowly but surely taking over the fashion and beauty industry and there is no better illustration than this month’s Vogue UK cover. Featuring nine women, of all ages, sizes and ethnicities, the cover acts as a glimpse into the future of fashion and it’s an understatement to say that it’s got people excited. Featuring nine trailblazing models, who are all at the top of their game, the cover is a celebration of female strength in whatever shape that takes. Such a group of women would never have graced the cover of Vogue ten, or even five, years ago, but with Edward Enninful at the helm and a seismic shift taking the fashion and beauty world’s, the feeling in the industry is palpable. And it’s not limited to Vogue. ASOS has been praised for their ‘new nudes’ lingerie; a new collection of nude underwear that suits almost all skin tones and is championed as it’s most inclusive yet.

Meghan Markle Fever

The countdown to 19th May is well and truly here and the eyes of the world are officially on Meghan Markle (she was already one of the most Googled people in 2017). This month alone, she’s graced the cover of Tatler magazine, HELLO!, OK! and Grazia, with features in Sunday Times Style, Stella and pretty much every other magazine or website out there if we’re honest.

Her skincare, make-up and fitness regime has fast become a topic of conversation in pretty much every office (it certainly has at RKM HQ!) as we all try to get that enviable Meghan glow. However, if you’ve already reached peak Royal Wedding you might want to hide under that rock right about now. Or at least quit Twitter for a while. With a month to go, we’ve not seen anything yet.

Journalist Updates

Each month we see the beauty teams at different titles change and April is no different. Grazia’s Caroline Barrett has returned from maternity leave and is taking the helm as Acting Editor until Hattie Brett returns in June. Time Inc.’s Katie Thomas has moved from Powder to become Marie Claire’s Digital Beauty Editor. And the Refinery 29 team look to expend with a host of new appointments aimed at taking the title to new international audiences.

And Finally…

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not take a visit to the new Harrods charity pop-up. Running for the next month in association with the NSPCC, the pop-up – Fashion Re-Told – features some pretty special donations from the likes of Victoria Beckham, Mulberry and Anya Hindmarch, among others. Shopping and doing good? We’re there!