London, UK:? ELLE, one of the world’s biggest fashion and luxury media brands, will mark the publication of its annual celebration of new leaders and game-changers with The ELLE List 2020 in partnership with MAGNUM ice cream.
The list of fifty innovators include: Premier League footballer, Marcus Rashford, who prompted the government to do a monumental U-turn on free school meals; Lashana Lynch, the first Black female 00 agent in the James Bond franchise; author Bernardine Evaristo, who made history when she became the first Black woman to be awarded the Booker Prize, for her eighth book, Girl, Woman, Other; and two previously unknown actors who stole the hearts of an entire nation, Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones from Normal People.
The ELLE List recognises and celebrates this year’s new leaders, and movers and shakers reframing the worlds of fashion, beauty, politics, culture and beyond.? The ELLE List is compiled by a panel of prestigious judges – ELLE Editor-in-Chief Farrah Storr, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, actor Gemma Chan, fashion educator and advocate Sinéad Burke, author Candice Carter-Williams and model/activist Munroe Bergdorf– who selected the final fifty names.
Each year the list marks ELLE’s commitment to using its voice to shout about brave and brilliant new voices who are changing the world for the better. It celebrates talent from around the world, including fashion designers, actors, artists, musicians, athletes, activists, photographers, beauty heroes and hell-raisers of every kind. MAGNUM ice cream is a champion of individuality and living fearlessly, which makes them a perfect partner for the ELLE List.
QUOTES FROM SOME OF THE INDIVUDALS OF THE ELLE LIST 2020
On almost joining the army at age 16:
‘I almost joined the army at 16. But my love for Gaelic football and acting kept me in Ireland. In Year 11, I played the lead in The Phantom Of The Opera and fell for being onstage. I’d never have imagined that Andrew Lloyd Webber would one day ask me to do a singalong, as he did this summer.’
On feeling objectified following the release of Normal People:
‘I felt objectified after Normal People. It’s to be expected, given the intimacy of my scenes, but it doesn’t make it easier. I daren’t read some of the intense DMs I receive. But it’s not enough to put me off the industry.’
On the power of Connell’s Chain
‘The power of Connell’s chain was completely unexpected. And a bit frightening! (@connellschain has 187,OOO Instagram followers.) It became this totemic being that lived outside the show.’
On writing her novel, Girl, Woman, Other :
‘Girl, Woman, Other took me five years. If you don’t enjoy the writing process, you’ll suffer as a writer. I never just work on a novel. I teach creative writing, do book reviews and essays and talks as an activist.
On Black British Women being invisible in literature for a long time:
‘Black British women were invisible in literature for a long time. Especially in the UK. I was inspired by African-American writers such as Toni Morrison. Being the first Black British writer to get the number one spot in the fiction charts says a lot. But the Black Lives Matter movement has put the industry under the spotlight to diversify the workforce and who gets published.’
On winning The Booker Prize:
‘Winning the Booker Prize was the defining moment of my career. I have such huge admiration for Margaret Atwood and was delighted to share it with her. It put my career into a different league.’
On being part of the Marvel franchise:?
‘I was clear about wanting to do Marvel films. I said it out loud to friends and family and made it my goal. It was a good few years of sending audition tapes before my role in Captain Marvel. If there’s any way to know if manifestations are real, it’s times like that.’
On how she chooses her roles:
‘Every decision I make for my career is a decision for my community. As a Black woman, a Londoner and an immigrant, I’m never going to be comfortable choosing a role that is going to make my culture question anything.’
On being the first Black female 00 agent:
‘Any past ‘Bond girl’ depictions haven’t applied to me. I knew if I signed onto Bond, the team would have to understand who they were taking on and what I’d want to bring to the role. Phoebe Waller-Bridge and I spoke early on about my character. I said she should be a real human being with strength, opinions and personality but everyday struggles, too. We were on exactly the same page.’
On not going to drama school:
‘Not going to drama school taught me to think on my feet. I’ve had to learn on the job, which made me determined. I’ve worried about missing out, but I know there’s no one right path for actors. The National Youth Theatre led me to my first open casting at 16.’
On her famous fringe:
‘I owe everything to my fringe. In true break-up style, I got it after being devastated about a role I didn’t get. Then I landed parts in War of the Worlds and Normal People. My flatmate had to cut it during lockdown – it was a lot of pressure.’
On her dream role:
‘I’d love to be in a Wes Anderson film. Marianne will always be my first love, but living in Wes Anderson’s symmetrical, sepia-filtered world would be brilliant. The fashion alone would be magical.’
The ELLE List is in the October issue of ELLE UK on sale from 3rd September. Please refer to the list below for every name on The ELLE List 2020.
About The ELLE List:
The ELLE LIST, in association with?MAGNUM, is a curated list of talent from around the world, including actors, artists, musicians, athletes, activists, photographers, beauty heroes and change-makers of every kind. This list marks ELLE’s commitment to using our platform to shout about a brave and brilliant?leaders who are pushing the needle, disrupting the status quo and inspiring the ELLE individual in 2020.?They are the future. The full list will be published in October issue of ELLE on sale from the 3rd September. @elleuk / www.elle.com/uk
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ELLE List 2020, Judging Panel
- Farrah Storr, Editor-In-Chief, ELLE UK
- Sadiq Khan, Mayor Of London
- Gemma Chan, Actor
- Sinéad Burke, Fashion Educator and Advocate
- Candice Carter-Williams, Author
- Munroe Bergdorf, Model and Activist
?ELLE List 2020
- Bernardine Evaristo, 61, Author
- Paul Mescal, 24, Actor
- Rosh Mahtani, 31, Jewellery Designer?
- Fadhi Mohamed, 21, Model?
- Erin Doherty, 28, Actor
- Weruche Opia, 32, Actor
- Daisy Edgar-Jones, 22, Actor
- Harris Reed, 24, Fashion Designer
- Lashana Lynch, 32, Actor
- Marcus Rashford, 22, Footballer
- Lulu Wang, 37, Filmmaker
- Christopher John Rogers, 26, Fashion Designer?
- Jodie Turner-Smith, 33, Actor?
- Chloe Wise, 30, Artist
- Lemara Lindsay-Prince, 29, Publisher?
- Koffee, 20, Singer
- Holly Fischer, 16, Tennis Player
- Elizabeth Haigh, 31, Chef
- Raven Smith, 32, Author
- Ruth Ossai, 29, Photographer
- Jill Kortleve, 26, Model
- Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, 43, MP and Doctor
- Jennifer Tang, Age Tk, Theatre Director
- Kenneth Ize, 29, Fashion Designer
- Hunter Schafer, 20, Model and Actor?
- Annemarie Plas, 36, Activist
- Mona Tougaard, 18, Model
- Ruth Madeley, 33, Actor?
- Celeste, 26, Singer
- Tess Mcmillan, 21 Model?
- Thebe Magugu, 27, Fashion Designer
- Emerald Fennell, 34, Director
- Kai-Isaiah Jamal, 25, Poet?
- Emily Adams Bode, 31, Fashion Designer
- Jia Tolentino, 31, Author?
- Micheal Ward, 24, Actor?
- Snoh Aalegra, 32, Singer
- Jessica Andrews, 27, Author
- Aweng Chuol, 23, Model?
- Hamzaa, 21, Singer
- Paapa Essiedu, 30, Actor?
- Jerry Harris, 20 Cheerleader
- Naomi Ackie, 27, Actor?
- Chika, 23, Rapper
- Ana?s Van Manen, 29 Chef
- Mae Martin, 33, Comedian?
- Joy Yamusangie, 26, Artist
- Sonoya Mizuno, 34, Actor
- Mata Mariélle, 21, Make-Up Artist?
- Caroline Hu, 30, Fashion Designer