My feminist icon: Sarah-Jane Crawford on why Meghan Markle inspires her the most

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Stylist is running its first ever feminist advent calendar in 2018, with a remarkable woman revealing who her feminist icon is every day until 25 December. Here, Sarah-Jane Crawford reveals why Meghan Markle is her ultimate feminist icon.   

My feminist icon is Meghan Markle. She is my choice because, despite her soft, natural beauty, she has an inner strength whereby you can tell she is a leader. You only have to look at her influence on and input into the royal wedding; she managed to convince an old English institution to let Bishop Michael Curry, an African-American Pastor make such a strong speech, and let’s not forget she also made a speech herself at the wedding dinner - plus gaining the respect of therRoyals is a testament to her strength as a woman.

She’s a role model, showing women in their 30s that you can make mistakes and move on - and she makes her own money - she is incredibly kind and energetic, I love the work she has done with the Grenfell survivors.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 21: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Hubb Community Kitchen to see how funds raised by the 'Together: Our Community Cookbook' are making a difference at Al Manaar, North Kensington on November 21, 2018 in London, England. Together: Our Community Cookbook features over 50 recipes from women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wrote the introduction to Together: Our Community Cookbook, which features recipes from women whose community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

I never watched Suits but I was drawn to her when, almost a year ago, I was sent a link to a Facebook video of her speaking at a UN Convention talking about writing letters of complaint as a little girl because she was offended by the gender representation in a Persil commercial. I felt she was my kind of woman.

She is a feminine feminist, a strong, clever, demure, advocate for women’s rights and human rights - with an authenticity about her as well.

I reported on the royal wedding coverage for E!, that is the closest I got to meeting her - but would love to meet her in the future.

Listen to Sarah Jane Crawford’s evening show on Hits Radio, Monday to Thursday 7pm-10pm. Crawford has released Viappi, an app which locates the nearest place to eat vegan.

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