Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Deborah James and The Queen celebrated in Vogue’s list of influential women
Posted by  badge Boss on Jul 16
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Dame Deborah James and The Queen are amongst the big names being honoured (Picture: Vogue/Felicity Ingram)

Dame , civil servant Sue Gray and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe have claimed spots on British Vogue’s list of influential women for 2022.

The celebrates women ‘shaping 2022 and beyond’ through work, culture and society.

This year, editors said they wanted to highlight women who showed resilience despite going through ‘unimaginable ordeals’.

Dame Deborah, after being diagnosed with bowel in 2016, was praised for raising more than £7million for cancer research in her final months.

Vogue said ‘her unrivalled campaigning will continue to impact countless lives’.

As it stands, Dame Deborah’s has raised over £7.3million – she was awarded a damehood earlier this year when Prince William paid her a personal visit in her back garden, praising her incredible extraordinary fundraising efforts.

Dame Deborah died of bowel cancer, raising millions of pounds for cancer research (Picture: Dame Deborah James)

As the senior civil servant tasked with investigating whether lockdown rules were broken in Downing Street during the pandemic, Ms Gray held a ‘uniquely challenging and high-profile job’, the publication state.

Her final report blamed ‘failures of leadership and judgement’ for allowing alcohol-fuelled gatherings when millions of people across the country were unable to see friends and family.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe arrived home from Iran in March this year (Picture: Vogue/Felicity Ingram)

Meanwhile, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian charity worker, was detained in Iran under charges of espionage from 2016 .

She is described as ‘the embodiment of resilience’ after being under house arrest for six years, until she was reunited with her family.

‘I don’t know how I would have felt had I not had a baby,’ she told the magazine. 

Musician PinkPantheress has risen to global superstardom (Picture: Vogue/Felicity Ingram)
Chef campaigner Olia Hercules founded the global charity initiative Cook for Ukraine (Picture: Vogue/Felicity Ingram)

‘When I had thoughts that this was never going to end, it was her [Gabriella] love that brought me back to life.’

The list also features the Queen, who marked her Platinum Jubilee this year after 70 years on the throne, with crowds across the UK gathering in their millions for street parties and patriotic celebrations.

Vogue is championing influential women of 2022 (Picture: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott)

Vogue described her Majesty as ‘truly inimitable’, adding: ‘As we tentatively begin to look to the future, there is one known certainty: never will there be a queen, or king, as revered as our reigning monarch.’

Other figures to make the list include Hollywood star Dame Emma Thompson, Chanel boss Leena Nair, broadcaster Mariella Frostrup and Unite general secretary Sharon Graham.

Actress Jodie Comer, best known for starring in Killing Eve, also appears on the list, with Vogue saying she has ‘the world at her feet – and all of us watching’.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu claims a spot too for her ‘relentless drive and refreshing frankness, particularly in regards to her mental health’.

See the full The Vogue 25 list in the August issue of British Vogue on sale Tuesday 19th July.

The Vogue 25 list in full

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, charity worker

PinkPantheress, singer-songwriter

Baroness Amos, politician and diplomat

Carla Denyer, co-leader, Green Party

Sharon Graham, general secretary, Unite

Victoria Beckham, fashion designer

Nensi Dojaka, fashion designer

Sharon Chuter, founder, Uoma Beauty

Jodie Comer, actress

Mariella Frostrup, broadcaster and campaigner

Florence Knight, chef

Leena Nair, chief executive, Chanel

Donna Ockenden, midwife

Sue Gray, civil servant

Deborah James, campaigner

The Queen

Jebina Yasmin Islam, campaigner

Sonia Boyce, artist

Emma Raducanu, tennis player

Emma Thompson, actress

Kishani Widyaratna, publisher

Sophie Smith Galer, journalist

Jemma Tadd, head of fashion, eBay UK

Alex Mahon, chief executive, Channel 4

Olia Hercules, chef and campaigner