British Vogue‘s latest issue features key workers helping provide essential services during the coronavirus pandemic.
A community midwife, a train driver and a supermarket worker are the stars of the latest edition. British Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful explained in an Instagram post,
“This chapter in history has seen a society shift its attention onto some of the people in this country who are not usually afforded the spotlight.”
Enninful has been at the helm of the magazine is the first male and non-white editor in the magazine’s history,
“If you had told me at the beginning of the year that @BritishVogue’s July cover stars would feature a community midwife, a train driver and supermarket worker, I might not have believed you.
But, as our nation perseveres against Covid-19, we find ourselves leaning not on the powers that be, but on ordinary people and their extraordinary strength and kindness.”
The three women are Rachel Millar, a community midwife in east London, Narguis Horsford, a train driver on the London Overground, and Anisa Omar, a supermarket assistant.
Omar, 21, said for the issue, titled The New Front Line,
“Before the pandemic, my job was not really that big a deal, but now it’s like we’re important. It’s nice.”
Meanwhile, Millar, a 24-year-old midwife, said,
“It’s a confusing time, it’s an anxious time, and we haven’t lived through anything like it before so we’re learning what to do and how to cope with this situation for the first time.”
Train driver Horsford told the magazine:
“I am no hero, but I’m proud of being a train driver and the essential role we are playing during the coronavirus crisis.
Our services are vitally important to keep London moving throughout these unprecedented times and maintaining safety, to ensure our key workers can get to where they need to be to provide the services that are required.”
Jamie Hawkesworth, who shot the project said it was
“truly one of the most meaningful projects I have been fortunate to be part of.”
The new issue goes on sale June 5.