"I was in the car and he said:" Listen, I'm going to get someone on the phone, are you in the car with people? "I said yes. & # 39; He told me," You can not say the name of the person I am calling. "Honestly, I thought it was a joke and we are also very good friends of Naomi Campbell and I thought they were pulling on my leg or so, you know I said, "Oh, she's in London and he's going to overtake me," says Hayek CNN. "But then it took awhile for the other person to talk on the phone, then she phoned and introduced herself."
It was Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle.
Hayek had never met her. Enninful no longer phoned and let the two women talk.
"She introduced herself and was very nice and loving and laid back," says Hayek, adding that Markle began to explain a future "women support project" she was working on.
Having worked for women's charities for 25 years, she had expected Markle to inquire about working with a particular organization she had thought of. (Hayek is a board member of the Kering Foundation, which combats violence against women, and has participated in Chime for Change, a Gucci campaign to promote women's rights around the world.) She also works for refugees.)
"I was excited, thinking and trying to find the logic for this weird day," recalls Hayek. "She explained her passion for women and what's going on, and then she said she's doing that with British Vogue, she said she's the guest editor of British Vogue, and I think maybe it will be an article to know what we are with Kering and women, and she said no, "I am [doing a cover] I will not be the cover, I bring my favorite women on the cover You're definitely one of them. You're one of the first." I was I did not think so, she started telling me how she watches me and why I. "
Her chat started a month-long, top-secret mission to get the cover picture and knew on stalls in August none of the other involved women exactly what – or for whom – they shot.
Hayek gathered at a photo shoot in London and sat down on what she knew. She was told she could not even tell her husband, her daughter or her publicist. "I could not talk about it and I could not," she says.
"I felt very honored when we took this photo shoot, nobody else knew what it was for," she explains. "Only me and photographer Peter Lindbergh knew, and all the girls were photographed for the cover, and they did not know Meghan was the way to get there." Hayek adds, feels like freedom. She received a happy call from Enninful and Markle earlier this week to congratulate her on successfully ending the mission.
The topic of the next issue, due to be released August 8, is "Forces of Change." It shows 15 women who have inspired Markle, who was originally offered to appear on the cover but instead proposed a role as a guest editor.
She is the first guest editor of the September issue of the magazine's 103-year history.
"I loved that she did not want to be on the cover," says Hayek. "She used her light to focus on others who inspired her."
The Oscar-nominated actress and lawyer said she would be "ashamed" of being elected with the other featured women, and this would not have earned the honor, but she has come up with the idea, hoping that the opportunity will allow her to pay more attention to women in need.
"The thing is, so many amazing things are happening now," she says. "It was kind of interesting to me that she noticed me in this new wave of excitement about change, she really knew what she was talking about." I started this way so long ago, and I did it quietly … Many of my work was not about consciousness, in the beginning I went to the places, did the work. I started to do a lot of what I did people can not see much strategy.
The cosmetics company began to include information about domestic violence and a hotline number for women in their leaflets.
Do Markle and Hayak have plans beyond their Vogue collaboration to meet?
"Maybe," teases her. "Maybe you will not see it."
"I think we had a connection before we even talked to each other. The shock is that this person was watching me and I had no idea. It's really beautiful and I really think we have a special connection. "