Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, it finally became clear to us how important some jobs are. Or better to say, how important are the people who were doing it despite all risks. British Vogue wanted to recognize these key workers and thank them. So, instead of models, stars of Vogue’s July cover are three essential workers: an overground train driver, a supermarket assistant, and a midwife.
The three faces of the cover are Narguis Horsford, a train driver on the London Overground, Rachel Millar, a community midwife in east London, and Anisa Omar, a supermarket assistant in King’s Cross. “I can think of a no more appropriate trio of women to represent the millions of people in the UK who, at the height of the pandemic, in the face of dangers large and small, put on their uniforms and work clothes and went to help people,” writes Edward Enninful for British Vogue.
British Vogue’s July issue features “some of the people in this country who are not usually afforded the spotlight.” Not only on the cover, but also inside the magazine. There’s the full 20-page portfolio of the key workers the magazine is celebrating (and I believe we all are). There are all kinds of medical workers, but also shopkeepers, postal workers, cleaners, teachers, and many other key workers who gave so much to the community in the time of crisis.
All photos were taken by Jamie Hawkesworth over the course of ten days. British Vogue writes that he was “armed” with just a camera, a bicycle and a face mask. He traveled to London to find the people to photograph, respecting the recommended social distance. I think he did a wonderful job, and I think this is a wonderful tribute to all those who’ve been on the front line throughout this crisis we’re still facing.