Edward Enninful has thanked frontline workers in the U.K. amid the coronavirus crisis by featuring “everyday heroes” on the cover of British Vogue.
London Overground train driver Narguis Horsford, community midwife Rachel Millar, and supermarket worker Anisa Omar are the stars of the July 2020 issue of the fashion bible, and in a statement, the editor-in-chief explained how he was inspired to celebrate those “putting their lives on the line” during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Though our pages are always filled with lived experience – joy, sadness and drama – first and foremost, Vogue proudly waves the flag for fashion, in all its empowering, escapist, lavish and identity-affording capabilities,” Enninful said. “We will always do that – this issue included.
“But this moment required something extra special, too: a moment of thanks.”
The 48-year-old wanted to shine a light on the valiant efforts of the doctors, nurses and hospital workers in the National Health Service (NHS), as well as bus and Tube drivers, postmen and women, and supermarket workers, who are making “huge sacrifices” amid the virus outbreak.
The issue also features a 20-page portfolio of frontline workers, with pictures taken by photographer Jamie Hawkesworth, who cycled around London to capture the images while social distancing.
“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,” Enninful added on Instagram, alongside images of the three covers.
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