July's issue of British Vogue is a little different from the rest - 3 inspiring key workers, who have all worked valiantly throughout the ongoing pandemic, are set to replace the usual supermodels on the magazine's infamous front cover.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to read the incredible stories of Vogue's latest cover girls...
For most women, making it onto the cover of Vogue is a mere fantasy.
via: ShutterstockThe infamous magazine, which has been dominating the world of fashion since 1892, has grown to become one of the most elite fashion publications in the world.
The magazine spans across eighteen different countries...
via: ShutterstockAnd today, it is arguably the most influential fashion magazine of our time.
So, of course...
via: ShutterstockOnly the most famous of faces make it onto the front cover.
For decades now, the front cover of Vogue has been the most sought-after spot for models all over the world.
The front cover is usually reserved for supermodels and famous Hollywood stars...Kendal Jenner, and Beyonce... You get the gist.
But, this month, Vogue is breaking away from tradition.
via: ShutterstockInstead of the usual super models adorning its cover, British Vogue will instead have some rather more inspirational women as their cover girls.
The fashion giant has selected 3 key workers, all from different sectors, to grace the cover of their July issue.
British Vogue editor, Edward Enninful, said on the decision:
It is truly the most inspiring cover in the magazine's history.
via: ShutterstockKeep scrolling to meet Vogue's 3 new Covergirls, and to read their amazing stories for yourself.
via: VogueNarguis has worked as a train driver for Transport for London for over ten years now and, throughout the pandemic, she has continued to provide Londoners with their much-needed transport.
Like many other key workers, Narguis has had to isolate herself away from her family.
via: YouTube"I don’t feel anxious about going to work, but I still have to distance myself from my family because, obviously, I’m out here and I’m on the front line. They do worry, especially my grandmother. This has certainly shown us that life is short. And we can’t take anything for granted. I can’t see myself doing anything else."
Her shifts can be grueling.
via: YouTube"The night before work, I prepare my uniform, double-check my schedule and I ensure I get a good night’s sleep. I have to set my alarm pretty early to get into work. Sometimes it can be 1.30 am in the morning, but it gives me such a rewarding feeling."
But Naguris is proud of the difference she has made during this pandemic.
via: YouTube"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."
via: VogueRachel Millar, twenty-four, is a community midwife at Homerton Hospital, East London. Throughout the pandemic, thousands of babies have continued to make their way into the world, meaning that midwives like Rachel have to carry on as normal.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Rachel has been a midwife for 3 years...
via: YouTubeAnd, during the medical crisis, she has valiantly put herself on the front line in order to help the thousands of expectant mothers across London. “Every week is different. I could be doing night shifts in the birth center, antenatal clinics seeing women throughout their pregnancies, or postnatal home visits – checking in on couples who have recently left the labor ward with their newborns."
But Rachel hasn't had the easiest few months at work...
via: YouTubeJust weeks into the pandemic, Rachel's bike - which is essential for her to make her home visits without resorting to the more contagious public transport - was stolen. "Having to carry on working for the rest of the week, maintain good morale, and be that reassuring voice to worried parents was made slightly more difficult."
But, thankfully, her community was there to help.
via: YouTube"Within a few hours, a friend who also works at Homerton Hospital had raised over £500 ($627) online to help get me back on the road. Another colleague tweeted the story and within an hour, a local company had donated a brand new electric bike. It’s just one example of the community support and kindness that I’ve seen over the past few months, and what initially drew me to work in Homerton Hospital and the surrounding area."
Rachel is hoping that these last few months have made people appreciate their medical workers...
via: YouTubeAnd she couldn't be prouder of her and her colleagues. "To say that I’m proud of my work family, and my wider community’s response to this pandemic, is an understatement."
via: VogueTwenty-one-year-old Anisa Omar is a supermarket assistant for the British supermarket chain, Waitrose. Anisa works part-time in the London Kings Cross branch to support her business management studies at university.
Throughout the pandemic, it has been business-as-normal for Anisa.
via: YouTubeThe young woman, who lives with her parents and 3 siblings, has been working hard to provide Londoners with their groceries." “Since I started at Waitrose, I’ve been on the tills. Recently, I’m on Rapid, which is a delivery service that provides for people who want quick items. So I’ve been doing people’s shopping for them, wrapping it up, and then we give it to a courier to take to the people’s houses."
Anisa has admitted that continuing with her work has given her moments of anxiety.
via: YouTube"I have felt slightly anxious, but, honestly, that’s because we’re in a pandemic now – people are just more on edge. You’re putting yourself at risk by being at work, but it’s worth it because you’re helping people."
But she has put her worries to one side and powered on.
via: YouTubeAnisa has continued to work hard to provide the much-needed groceries for her city, and she has even noticed a positive change in the way customers treat her. "Before the pandemic, people would look at us as service assistants – we’re there to show them where the eggs are or if they want to complain about something. But now they’re a lot more understanding."
And now, she feels that her job holds more significance to her life.
via: YouTube"It’s nice being a key worker. My job was not something that was that big of a deal before. But now it’s like we’re important. We have to be here, regardless of what’s happening in the world. It’s more than just a job now."