Marcus Rashford would have ‘failed himself’ if he didn't try free meals campaign

Marcus Rashford says he would have failed his 10-year-old self if he hadn’t twisted the government’s arm to deliver free school meals to children over the summer.

The 22-year-old Manchester United star won plaudits from all corners with his anti-poverty drive as schools were closed during the pandemic and says you don’t need to be in politics to make a change.

‘I’m by no means a politician but I had a voice and a platform that could be used to at least ask the questions,’ said Rashford, who teamed up with food waste charity FareShare to make the change. 

‘If I didn’t put myself out there and say, “This is not OK and it needs to change,” I would have failed my 10-year-old self.’

The sports star shared his motivation as she struck a pose for Vogue magazine’s new Activism Now issue.

He posed up with other Bame talent for the issue, including models Adwoa Aboah, Munroe Bergdorf and actor Riz Ahmed.

They were shot by Misan Harriman, the magazine’s first black male photographer to shoot a cover in the fashion bible’s 104-year history.

The magazine editor Edward Enninful, who is also the publication’s first black gay editor, shared his motivation for the powerful issue after he was recently mistaken for a delivery driver at the magazine’s headquarters in London when a security guard told him to ‘use the loading bay’.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, Enninful said of drafting the likes of Rashford, ‘At its core, British Vogue’s September Issue is our show of thanks, as well as a rallying cry for the future. 

When all is said and done, it’s clear that 2020 will be remembered as a tough year but also as a moment of necessary change. One thing is for certain. The future starts now.’

Read the full interview in the September issue of British Vogue, out Friday.

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